Category: Japan

The Japanese Jesus trail

A Japanese legend claims that Jesus escaped Jerusalem and made his way to Aomori in Japan where he became a rice farmer. Christians say the story is nonsense. However, a monument there known as the Grave of Christ attracts curious visitors from all over the world. To reach the Grave of Christ or Kristo no Hakka as it is known locally, you need to head deep into the northern countryside of Japan, a place of paddy fields and apple orchards. Halfway up a remote mountain surrounded by a thicket of bamboo lies a mound of bare earth marked with a

Japan is proud home of Christ’s tomb

In A paddy-lined valley in the far north of Japan is a municipal signpost inscribed: “Tomb of Christ: next left.” Follow the winding path up into the forest and there, sure enough, is a simple mound with a large wooden cross labelled as the grave of Jesus. Nearby is a tomb commemorating Isukiri, Christ’s brother, adorned with a plastic poinsettia Christmas wreath. For two millennia the farming village of Shingo claims to have protected a tradition that Jesus spent most of his life in Japan. The village is the home of Sajiro Sawaguchi, a man in his eighties who claims

When Jesus walked in Japan

While the thoughts of the world’s Christians turn to events in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, the inhabitants of a little village a few hours’ drive from Tokyo prefer another version of the Greatest Story Ever Told. David McNeill reports The village of Shingo nestles in a mountainous patch of pine forests, rice paddies and apple trees a six-hour drive from Tokyo. Known for its garlic ice-cream, and the unusually rapid flight of its young to nearby cities, it seems like an odd final resting place for the Christian Messiah. In the Bible version of The Greatest Story Ever Told, Jesus

Japanese Town Claims Tomb of Christ

SHINGO, Japan (AP) _ Nearly 2,000 years ago, a man fled for his life from the Middle East, crossing Siberia and Alaska before living out his days in this snowbound hamlet in northern Japan. The tale is fanciful enough, but even more so when townspeople tell you the name of the visitor they say is buried here: Jesus Christ. This strange historical theory is founded on a radical rewriting of the Christian belief that Jesus was crucified, resurrected three days later and then rose to heaven _ all in Jerusalem. It has its roots in shaky archaeology and shadowy local