Cathedral of the Holy Resurrection—Nikolai-do

Tokyo Japan

Orthodox Church in Japan

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The byzantine cathedral is affectionately called Nikolai-do after Archbishop Nikolai (St. Nicholas of Japan), who came to Japan in 1861 as chaplain to the Russian consulate. He mastered Japanese language and culture and served as a missionary, bringing Orthodoxy to Japan. He worked among Japanese people for 50 years.

Nikolai-do, the Great Temple of Nicholas, was built in 1892. St. Nicholas of Japan was born Ivan Dimitrovich Kasatkin and took the name of Nicholas, the most revered saint in Russia, when he became a monk.