he was one of four japanese christian boys that travelled to europe and met pope gregory xiii in 1585.
he was one of four japanese christian boys that travelled to europe and met pope gregory xiii in 1585. >> he used to have a castle here. the castle fell in the battle in 1577 and mansio had to flee. >> when mansio was around 10, he was baptized and studied with a spanish missionary. three years later he was chosen to lead a group of four japanese christians. it took them eight years to reach vatican and then back to japan. they brought back various european technologies including a printing press of gutenbergs. in his hometown, people are excited about discovery of the portrait. he is a well-known figure here. and the children learn about him from their teachers. >> translator: he went to rome and brought knowledge of technology back to japan. >> translator: he's a brilliant and famous man. >> after he came back to japan, his life was full of hardships. they increasingly oppressed christianity as they feared european powers would invade. but mansio refused to abandon his faith. he spent his life as a missionary helping the sick and the poor. residents of his birth place are now collec
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