Did you know?: Weeping Virgin Mary of Akita

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Located on a hill in Akita City, near Misawa Air Base, the Institute of the Handmaids of the Holy Eucharist houses a wooden statue of “Our Lady of Akita,” also known as the “Weeping Virgin Mary of Akita”. The wooden statue, carved by a Japanese sculptor 56 years ago, was observed weeping 101 times between 1975 and 1981.

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