For more than 200 years during the 17th-19th Century period, Japan isolated itself from the outside world and outlawed Christianity. Thousands of Christians consequently relocated to the Goto Islands in the East China Sea, in particular to Fukue Island, where they continued to practise their faith in great secrecy. When the Meiji government lifted the ban in 1873, the Japanese Christians remaining on the Goto Islands began to build churches all over these islands. Although some of the churches may look a little shabby from the outside, inside they are extremely well-maintained. They are quiet and beautiful places of reflection, where the island’s faithful believers come to pray.