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Our Lady of Akita, Akita

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Monument · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Our Lady of Akita is the Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with a wooden statue venerated by faithful Japanese who hold it to be miraculous. The image is known due to the Marian apparitions reported in 1973 by Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa in the remote area of Yuzawadai, an outskirt of Akita, Japan. The messages emphasize prayer (especially recitation of the Holy Rosary) and penance in combination with cryptic visions prophesying sacerdotal persecution and heresy within the Catholic Church.

The apparitions were unusual in that the weeping statue of the Virgin Mary was broadcast on Japanese national television, and gained further notice with the sudden healing of hearing impairment experienced by Sasagawa after the apparitions. The image also became affiliated with The Lady of All Nations movement, with which the message shares some similarities.

The local ordinary of the convent, John Shojiro Ito, Bishop of Niigata (r. 1962–1985), recognized "the supernatural character of a series of mysterious events concerning the statue of the Holy Mother Mary" and authorized "the veneration of the Holy Mother of Akita" within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Niigata in a 1984 pastoral letter.
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  • For those who wants to take bus to Our Lady of Akita: Just remember to board the bus at the rear door & after that, take the ticket from the machine inside the bus. Before alighting check your fare.....  more »
  • So beautiful and peaceful. The word can't explain. It is a place of great significance in the Catholic Church.  more »
  • About 30 minutes by bus from Akita station to get off at Datong station, walk about more than 10 minutes, pass a very secluded path, roadside is a cemetery, a little terrible, but also be careful bear infestation, but the church is very beautiful, Maria Garden is also very beautiful, cross Taoism let people feel very deep, especially in Lent period.
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  • It is a beautiful place even in winter. I have a lot of tears during the season.
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