In 1602 the first Augustinian missionaries reached Japan, after travelling from Manila (Philippines). The Augustinian life took root there. Suddenly, however, persecution and martyrdom began in 1617.
Japanese Martyrs. The history of the Augustinian mission in seventeenth century Japan contains the glorious account of more than one hundred Augustinian friars, tertiaries, and members of the Augustinian Archconfraternity of Our Mother of Consolation who shed their blood for the faith. This group represents the countries of Japan, Mexico, Portugal, and Spain, as well as various branches of the Augustinian family. In 1867 twelve of these persons were officially declared to be Blesseds (beati) of the church by Pope Pius IX.
Japanese Martyrs. The work of Brother Thomas_Taylor O.S.A. From the web site of the Chicago Province of the Order of Saint Augustine.
Magdeline of Nagasaki, Japan. Magdalene of Nagasaki (died 1634) came from a devout family. She was a Lay Tertiary of the Order in Japan. In spite of great danger and difficulty, she remained faithful to Jesus Christ until killed because of her Christian Faith. This web page is the work of Brother Thomas_Taylor O.S.A. From the web site of the Chicago Province of the Order of Saint Augustine.
Japanese Martyrs. The Christian faith was first introduced into Japan in the sixteenth century by Jesuit and later by Franciscan missionaries. By the end of that century, there were probably about 300,000 baptised believers in Japan. Unfortunately, this promising beginning met reverses, fuelled by power politics among factions in the Japanese government itself. The result was a suppression of Christians. 
Nagasaki, Japan. El 27 de enero de 1614, se emitieron órdenes para la expulsión de los misioneros y la destrucción de las iglesias. En 1622, Nagasaki fue escenario del "Gran Martirio". En 1629 se introdujo por primera vez la costumbre de Fumi-ye, o pisotear el crucifijo; primero se utilizaron imágenes de papel, pero más tarde se utilizaron imágenes más durables - al principio madera, y aún más tarde (1669) 20 imágenes fundidas por un grabador de Nagasaki obtenidas de los altares de iglesias demolidas…(Enciclopedia Catolica: written in Spanish)
For the pages in Augnet about Nagasaki, click here.