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The Hill of Redemption

As described on the website of the above link, "This professionally produced DVD [gives] a complete overview of Japan's Catholic heritage from the missionary activity of St. Francis Xavier through the 200 year persecution and banishment of Catholicism." 


The photo that adorns the upper-left corner of this website (the original of which can apparently be seen at the Vatican Museums) is seen briefly in the video and the pregnant Tecla Hashimoto is mentioned. 

Struggle For Hope
This is a beautiful video of the great cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, accompanying the equally great kabuki dancer, Tomosaburo Bando, in the mournfully elegaic Cello Suite No. 5 by Johann Sebastian Bach.  Coincidentally it was filmed and produced at the same time Tecla's stone was being erected at the corner of Kawabata/Shomen, as if in unconscious tribute to the only known pregnant martyr in Catholic history.  
Standing Stone

Like Struggle for Hope, Standing Stone by Sir Paul MacCartney was being conceived and created  just as Tecla's own standing stone was being erected at the corner of Kawabata/Shomen.  It is a beautiful choral work perhaps not on the level of a Beethoven Missa Solemnis or Brahms Deutsche Requiem but full of precious, delicate, sensitive, and sometimes powerful moments, well-befitting all the many aspects of Tecla Hashimoto's character (who we hope Sir Paul will come to know about someday!)..  

And speaking of standing stones, this DVD shows the thousand or so circular stone formations throughout Britain (Stonehenge being the most famous). Now in the 19th century Japan was known as "The England of the East" due to  similar formalities in society, a fervent respect for the monarchy, a beautiful native aesthetic, and isolation from a larger continent in an island of similar size--but I would submit that the tens of thousands of standing stones in Britain are meant to point to that ONE standing stone at Kawabata/Shomen above all, thus giving the highest significance to Japan's title as "The England of the East."