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Public Presentation and Book Launch: "The Samurai & the Cross: Jesuit Missionaries & Education in Early Modern Japan"

2 September 2022 
6.15-7.30 pm, admittance begins at 6 pm
GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, Main Lecture Hall. Entrance via Täubchenweg

Dr. Murat Antoni John Ucerler, S.J., Director of the Ricci Institute at Boston College will give a lecture and present his new book.

After the arrival of Francis Xavier in 1549, a new era of European Christian encounters with Japanese culture began. Xavier's successors found themselves, however, in the midst of "Warring States Japan", where samurai warlords were vying with each other for dominance. The Jesuits soon established a college to train both European and Japanese missionaries in the liberal arts and theology. This presentation will highlight how a unique textbook preserved in three manuscripts in the Vatican, Oxford, and Wolfenbüttel played a key role in communicating Christianity to the Japanese in the early seventeenth century.

There will be a festive reception after the lecture.

Free admission. To register for the event, please email