This sign board was officially made in 1682 and placed in Oita in1689. It was put up again in 1840 during the Tempo era.

Called the "Kosatsu" in Japanese, Prohibition Sign Boards was required to be placed at major public meeting places or religious buildings in every city during the Prohibition years. Most signs were taken down after the middle of the 19th century and the last remaining signs were finally removed after the Japanese government was reorganized and anti-Christian policies dropped in 1889. At that time a Japanese Constitution was created by Prince Hirobumi Ito which guaranteed religious freedom to Japanese for the first time in 300 years. (Translation of the Sign Board)The religion of the Kirishtan is prohibited. All persons must report to their officials if any Kirishtans are found in their area. You will be rewarded:500 silver pieces for finding a foreign missionary300 silver pieces for finding a Japanese clergy300 silver pieces for finding a Buddhist Apostate100 silver pieces for finding a Japanese believer

If you are a Kirishtan and you report to the officials you will be rewarded 500 silver pieces. It is prohibited to hide or protect Japanese Kirishtans. May, 1682, Hyuga Prefecture

100 pieces of silver is worth 141.8 koku of rice (1 koku of rice is about 150 kg).

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