6. Future Activity

Investigation and research toward World Heritage registration
The Nagasaki Church Group has a rich meaning not only from the architectural point of view, but also for the cultural blending, the connection with the Hidden Christians and the Christian Century in Japan. To do research and to make the details known should lead to a greater appeal to many people.

Cooperation with the people interested in the Church Group
To gather people with the same interest, to increase the number of participants in the Association and to form a “Church Group Supporters Club” will also help in the process of getting the Churches registered as World Heritage. To visit the actual places guided by an expert, to discuss the proposals and so on could prove an interesting way of participation also.

Appeal to People in general
 For this campaign to progress, we also need to reach public opinion. These pages are the first step in that direction. We are also inviting tourist agencies to organize church tours, and involve the Mass Media in the production of some programs (some are already made or in progress). These are also good ways to spread the information and get attention. In the future it will be also necessary to continue to translate the work in English (like these pages).

Promotion of International interchange
 We have begun work on international exchanges. An important step is to obtain the support of the Vatican, the Paris Foreign Mission Society, the French, Spanish and Portuguese Embassies and all the International groups related in some way with the history and development of the Nagasaki Church Group. As an illustration of the close connection of the Church Group with the history of Japan, we would like to introduce the Young Japanese Envoys Delegation who went to Europe more than 400 years ago. Chart 8 shows that 23 of the places they visited are now World Heritage sites.

Need to establish a Nonprofit Organization
 Even though our Association is a citizen level, volunteer group, in order to obtain the support of other enterprises and associations, it is necessary to organize officially as a Nonprofit Organization (NPO). We are in the process of examining the steps to attain this goal.
                
 

Chart 8. The Tensho Period Young Japanese Envoys to Europe. (1582/2/20 - 1590/7/21)
Places visited and World Heritage Status

Country

City

Arrival Date

World Heritage

India

Goa

1583/11/10

Church and Convents of Goa (1986)



Portugal

Lisbon
Evora
Sintra
Bataglia
Alcobaça

1584/8/11
1584/9/8
1584/8
1586/1/9
1586/1/9

Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belem in Lisbon (1983)
Historical area of Evora (1986)
Cultural area of Sintra (1995)
Monastery (1983)
Monastery (1989)


Spain

Guadalupe
Toledo
Madrid
Alcala

1584/9/23
1584/9/29
1584/10/20
1584/11/26

Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe (1993), Old town (1986)
Old town (1986)
El Escorial monastery an old )
University and historical area of Alcala (1998)



Italy
(Vatican)

Pisa
Florence
Siena
Rome
Assisi
Ferrara
Venezia
Padua
Vicenza
Verona
Milan

1585/3/2
1585/3/7
1585/3/14
1585/3/22
1585/6/7
1585/6/22
1585/6/26
1585/7/6
1585/7/9
1585/7/10
1585/7/25

Duomo park (1987)
Historical area (1982)
Historical area (1995)
Historical area and Vatican area (1980/1990)
Basilica and sites of San Francesco (2000)
Renaissance City and its Po Delta (1995/1999)
Venice and Lagoon (1987)
Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico) (1997)
Vicenza and Veneto Paladio (1994/1996)
Verona Town (2000)
Our Lady of Grace Church and others (1980)

Mozambique

The Mozambique Island

1586/9/1

The Mozambique Island (1991)