Today we present you an interview with Ms. Maika Hoshi who acts as Omoto in the play, "Prayer of Mother Mary - A Miracle of Nagasaki -".

Could you tell us about Omoto?

Omoto is a girl who is a hidden Christian living in Nagasaki during the Edo Period. I suppose she was having the hard time then under the suppression of freedom of religious belief and also under the period of time when women were underestimated.

However, her prayer to Mother Mary saves her. By praying, I suppose she can firmly feel that "I am loved and I am kept alive by God."

She, under such circumstance, is supported by her friends of the same Christian. Although each of them has the individual grief and pain of life, I think since they have their own emotional scars inside, they understand the pain of each other and share them. Even under the severe suppression, I think she is kept alive by the strong ties with her friends and love which have been born among them.

Do you have anything you are placing importance on when you act as Omoto?

Omoto, 18 years old then, strongly keeps her faith to Christianity at the risk of her life. I think the reason to it is that the faith is her most important matter and it deserves to risk her life. Then what does she pray for? It must be that everyone could live peacefully, love each other, and respect each other. What's more, it might be that women could live with exerting her possibility and role.

She seems to believe that her spirit would live on after her martyrdom, which you might see in the progress of the play.

Thus I would like to be on the theatre stage feeling her wish she tried to hand over to women in the future at the risk of her life.

What would you like to convey through this play?

It has become the era in which women can live freely. However, looking at the women in this story in Edo and Showa eras, I feel I am asked a question of how I need to live as a woman living now. An atomic bomb was dropped by the brothers having the same faith over the sacred place of Christianity where historically Japanese Christians were keeping their faith overcoming the long time suppression and even in the wartime, they were keeping on praying for peace. Looking over the recent situation in the world, conflicts cannot be eliminated only because of the differences of ethnic groups, human races and nationalities. I am in the feeling that I am asked, "Will you keep on hurting each other and will go perished?" by Mother Earth who has been fostering us far from the past. Just like mothers love their children unconditionally, females never stop loving their loving children, husbands or lovers. Even if they were hurt, they never stop it. I'm convinced that it is a power that females originally possess. I would say that when the females are getting to notice their own power and starting taking hands with everybody, and then spreading the persistent love and peace to the society, it will become a strong power to change the world. I'm happy if I could share such a prayer with all of you through this play.

Message from the IAPG Founder, Noriko Inamori

If we build a peace, I think it is wholly dependent upon whether we human can notice that plants and animals are the same children of the earth, and all of us share the same destiny, standing on the perception we are brothers and sisters given the lives and made alive by the earth. If we notice it, we should not be able to destruct the environment.

Source: Inamori, Noriko. "Prayer of Love and Peace". Japan: IAPG, 2014.

Wish of support and contribution

We are working in order to convey our peaceful message to as many people as possible in the world. However, our activity is supported by the donation out of goodwill from the people who sympathize with th is activity. Although we are under financial difficulty, we would like to enthusiastically promote this performance. If you would consent to this message and give us your helping hands, it would be highly appreciated.

Contact information

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