►These photographs offer sceneries of Ukon’s birthplace on Feb. 3, 2018 – 403rd death anniversary of Ukon — which the town wishes to share with Takayama devotees in the Philippines.
Tono-cho has, of course, no Catholic Church for a Memorial Mass. As in Takayama’s time, it has been 99.63% Shinto/Buddhist, but the town is very proud of their ‘Kirishitan Samurai’ who has been hailed as ‘the epitome of the Japanese spirit.’
In lieu of a Thanksgiving Mass – ‘as you are having at the Manila Cathedral’ — ‘we had a memorial Ukon musical performed by residents of Toyono on February 3 and 4.’
Toyono-cho on February 3 was ‘covered by some snow.’
These terraced paddies must have looked exactly like these some 400 years ago.
A stone marker claims that Ukon Takayama was born in Takayama Village in Toyono-cho, Osaka Prefecture.
In the far background, Takayama Village may be seen.
Takaki Ohnishi, Manager of the Agriculture, Forestry, Commerce, Industrial and Tourism Division, of the Toyono-cho Government, writes about the February environment in Toyono-cho:
‘Here in Toyono-cho, it gets very cold and snows quite often.
This climate makes vegetables sweet and ambrosial!’
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Indeed! When Toyono-cho residents make a pilgrimage to Manila this April — to visit the places in Old Manila associated with Blessed Takayama — Trustees of Takayama will be waiting to welcome them!#
Dr. Ernesto A. de Pedro
Blessed Takayama Canonization Movement