Stained glass windows in the oldest Catholic Church in Tokyo, Kanda, Japan

08 May 2012

Stained glass windows in the oldest Catholic church in Tokyo (St. Francis Xavier Church). It's located in Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, a district of Tokyo. Windows (about 70 sqm.) are designed by Teresa M. Reklewska together with Pawel Przyrowski.

Stained glass windows in the aisles represents alegoric interpretation of Confession of Faith - 'Credo'. Each window consists of six or eight separate images, derived from the New and the Old Testament. Three upper windows, over the gallery slightly differs from the rest of them. It's devoted to the martyrdom of christians in Japan. The persecutions, which lasted 300 years, were extremly cruel and violent. People depicted in the windows are just one of the thousands of killed in those days. They were tortured, burned to death or crucified.


Stained glass windows are commissioned by the parish priest - Fujio Antonio Izumi. A detailed description of our stained glass windows is at Kanda church website (in Japan)Kanda church website (in Japan).

Plan of stained glass windows in the church.

Click on the miniature to enlarge selected window. Every window has a detailed description with theological explanation.

Witraże w kościele Kanda, Tokio, Japonia

Direct links to all windows:

Window 1 - We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty
Window 2 - We believe God, maker of heaven and earth, and of all that is, seen and unseen.
Window 3 - We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ
Window 4 - Second person of the Trinity
Window 5 - We believe in Jesus Christ
Window 6 - We believe in Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary
Window 7 - He suffered under Pontius Pilate
Window 8 - He descended into hell, on the third day he rose again
Window 9 - He ascended into heaven
Window 10 - We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life
Window 11 - I believe in the holy catholic Church
Window 12 - I believe in the forgiveness of sins
Window 13 - I believe in the resurrection of the body
Window 14 - I believe in the life everlasting. Amen.
Gallery / Left Window - Martyrs of Japan
Gallery / Middle Window - Immaculate Mother and the martyrdom of Christians
Gallery / Right Window - The Martyrdom of Christians in Japan,

Additional Info

  • Designed by:: Teresa Maria Reklewska
  • Designed together with:: Paweł Przyrowski
  • Technique:: Classical stained glass
  • Character of the object:: Parish church
  • Location:: Tokyo Kanda, Japan

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