The sea, which is the symbolic home of Japan's Christians, was the setting for Shusaku Endo's representative novel, Silence. Mr. Endo himself also favored the scenery of the open sea. As a result, this literature museum was established in May 2000, with the cooperation of Mr. Endo's widow, on a rise that commands a view of the calm Sea of Sumonada. It contains more than 25,000 exhibits as well as the traces of Mr. Endo's life. It also displays items connected to Mr. Endo's literature. Born in Tokyo in 1923, Endo Shusaku was baptized as a Catholic at the age of 11. As an adult, he pursued the question of Japan's spiritual climate and Christianity. He was an author who, throughout his lifetime, used the approach of literature to investigate the issue of religion in depth. The exhibition room features some of Mr. Endo's precious possessions - such as his original manuscripts and stationery - as well as his work desk. His main novels are Silence and The Life of Jesus.
- Business Hours
- Days Closed for Business
- December 29-January 3.
- Adults: \350, Ages 6-17: \200
- 3 min. walk from Michinoeki (Bungakukan Iriguchi) Bus Stop