Sweets Named "Xarvier"

Sweets Named "Xarvier"
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Sweets Named "Xarvier"
Francisco Xavier reached Japan on 27 July 1549, with Anjiro and three other Jesuits, but he was not permitted to enter any port his ship arrived at until 15 August when he went ashore at Kagoshima, the principal port of the province of Satsuma on the island of Kyushu. As a representative of the Portuguese king, he was received in a friendly manner. Shimazu Takahisa (15141571), daimyo of Satsuma, gave a friendly reception to Francis on September 29, 1549, but in the following year he forbade the conversion of his subjects to Christianity under penalty of death; Christians in Kagoshima could not be given any catechism in the following years. The Portuguese missionary Pedro de Alcacova would later write in 1554:

In Cangoxima (Kagoshima), the first place Father Master Francisco stopped at, there is a good number of Christians, although there is no one there to teach them; the shortage of laborers has prevented the whole kingdom from becoming Christian.

With the passage of time, his sojourn in Japan could be considered somewhat fruitful as attested by congregations established in Hirado, Yamaguchi and Bungo. Francis Xavier visited Bungo (now Oita) in 1551. Under the supported by Otomo Sorin, he built collegio, hospital and elementary school in Oita.

ざびえる (Xarvier) is a sweet, butter flavor skin and white beans paste inside. It is very popular, you can buy it not only in Beppu, but Tokyo and other cities as well.