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Sacred Relic of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon

Sacred Relic

 

On center stage, a piece of fabric from Ukon’s vest was displayed as a sacred relic as Archbishop Takeo Okada of the Archdiocese of Tokyo made a formal plea for the beatification of Ukon.

Vest relic of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon

 

Post-Beatification Notes

Hundreds of nuns from various religious women’s congregations from around theworld were also present, but the CBCJ Secretariat did not have the actual count.They were also representatives from the Anglican, Lutheran and Methodist Churches.

Fr. Albert Fuyuki Hirabayashi, SJ, secretary of the CBCJ Committee for the Promotion of Saints, confirms there were some Buddhist monks too.

Justo Takayama Ukon Beatification, Osaka-jo Hall, Osaka, 7 February 2017 - Fr. Albert Fuyuki Hirabayashi, secretary of the CBCJ Committee for the Promotion of Saints
Fr. Albert Fuyuki Hirabayashi of the CBCJ Committee for the Promotion of Saints

 

Two descendants of Takayama Ukon from “near Kanazawa” also attended.

Catholic Online reported: “Over 12,000 people crowded a Catholic Church in Osaka, Japan.”  The venue of the Beatification Ceremonies was not a church – but the Osaka-jo Hall, a multi-purpose concert hall with seating for 10,000 persons, with ticketed entry for audience control.

Crowd outsite Osaka-Jo Hall for the Beatification of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon

Crowd outsite Osaka-Jo Hall for the Beatification of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon

Crowd outsite Osaka-Jo Hall for the Beatification of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon

Crowd inside Osaka-Jo Hall for the Beatification of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon

 

By Dr. Ernie A. De Pedro, Managing Trustee
Lord Takayama Jubilee Foundation

UST Celebrates Thanksgiving Mass for Takayama Beatification

At the University of Santo Tomas (UST), center of the Philippine participation in the Takayama Beatification Process, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo celebrated the Thanksgiving Mass for the Beatification of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon on the same afternoon as the Beatification Rites in Osaka. It was concelebrated by Fr. Jose Antonio Aureada, OP, Regent of the UST Graduate School, which is the home of the Lord Takayama Professorial Chair for Philippine-Japanese Studies since 1989.

Takayama Beatification Thanksgiving Mass - 7 February 2017

Bishop Broderick Pabillo and Father Jose Antonio Aureada, OP, concelebrating the Thanksgiving Mass for Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon.

The Beatification Ceremony for the Servant of God Justus Ukon Takayama

 

The feastday of Blessed Takayama will now be celebrated every February 3 – Blessed Takayama’s death anniversary. Not only in Japan and the Philippines, but worldwide.

 

By Dr. Ernie A. De Pedro, Managing Trustee
Lord Takayama Jubilee Foundation

The Takayama Name

JUSTUS UKON TAKAYAMA is the Western way of writing the name of a Japanese Christian.Christian name, FIRST; Japanese first name, SECOND; and surname, LAST. As for his Christian name: It is Justus / Iustus in Latin; Justo in Spanish, and Giusto in Italian.

In Japanese usage, it is Takayama Ukon (高山 右近) – surname, first. In full: Justo Takayama Ukon.

“Ukon” was derived from “Ukonoefu” (Lieutenant of the Right Division of Inner Palace Guards), among many obscure court titles that the samurai of old affected. It was an honorific title that became a first name — much like “Erap” (for Pare). Its use is akin to the Filipino endearment for beloved bosses: Amo-Boss-Chief-Panginoon! In today’s lingo, simply “Bossing.”

His childhood name was Hikogorō (彦五郎) and, after his coming-of-age ceremony, he was given the name Shigetomo (重友). In various stages of his life, Takayama used other names, as is the Japanese practice. As a teamaster, he was known as Minami-no-Bô.

But in missionary accounts, he was known as Justo Ucon-dono (sometimes spelled Ucan-dono). But better known as Dom (or Don) Justo Takayama or Iustus Takayama Ukon.

 

By Dr. Ernie A. De Pedro, Managing Trustee
Lord Takayama Jubilee Foundation

Takayama Thanksgiving Mass at UST, Feb. 7, 2017

With Manila Archbishop, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, concelebrating the Mass at the Takayama Beatification Rites in Osaka, Japan on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D., will celebrate the Takayama Thanksgiving Mass in Manila at the UST Chapel at 5:15 PM.

By Dr. Ernie A. De Pedro, Managing Trustee
Lord Takayama Jubilee Foundation

Takayama Never Lived in Dilao

There are Internet posts claiming Lord Takayama and his family lived in Dilao [see Plaza Dilao in History]. This is not correct. Takayama never set foot on Dilao. He and his family always stayed at the Jesuit-owned guesthouse, Casa San Miguel, in Intramuros where he was visited “almost daily” by the Spanish Governor-General in a vain effort to solicit his advice on how Spain could conquer Japan. (Takayama declined to encourage any such plots.)

takayama-ukon-residences-in-manila
This multi-unit structure with the rust-colored gate used to be the site of Casa San Miguel.

He was always treated royally; met some Continue reading “Takayama Never Lived in Dilao”

Why did Cardinal Rufino J. Santos second the Takayama Process to the Japanese Bishops?

In 1963, there was NO MOVEMENT in Manila for the Beatification of Ukon Takayama at all. As Bishops all over the world gathered in Rome for the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), it was natural for Japanese Bishops to seek out Manila Archbishop, Cardinal Rufino J. Santos, to prod him to revive the “causa anciens” of the Confessor of Christ, Ukon Takayama.

The Bishops were surprised that Cardinal Santos readily seconded to them the promotion of Takayama’s Cause. Continue reading “Why did Cardinal Rufino J. Santos second the Takayama Process to the Japanese Bishops?”