Possible tomb of Jesus Christ in Japan draws the attention of faithful and curious

In the year 1935, the tomb of Jesus Christ in Japan was allegedly discovered in Aomori Prefecture in the north of the country. While no local residents truly believe that the Messiah rests in their community, they hold a Festival of Christ there every year.

More than the veracity of the fact, this event became an expression of the faith of Japanese Christians and also a moment for many to know who Jesus Christ was, since Japan is a mostly Buddhist and Shinto country.

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So, learn more here about where Jesus Christ was possibly buried in Japan and how this story began.

The Tomb of Jesus Christ in Japan

The possible tomb of Jesus Christ in Japan.

The Tomb of Christ is located in Shingō Village, Aomori Prefecture. When you are getting close to the place where he is possibly buried, you can already see signs with the words “Tomb of Christ”.

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There is even a park named after Christ nearby. And that’s where the tomb would be located. It is situated on top of a small hill by the side of the road. And there are also a couple of round tombs topped with crosses. Finding Jesus’ tomb in rural Japan was pretty unusual, but two graves?

According to a notice from a nearby park, Jesus Christ came to Japan at age 21 in search of divine knowledge. At 33, he returned to Judea, where he tried to spread his teachings. Unsuccessfully, he was sentenced to crucifixion. The tablet then says that his younger brother Isukiri saved him by taking his place on the cross, and Christ himself returned to Japan via Siberia.

The unlikely story ends with Jesus settling in the village of Herai (now Shingō) and living to the ripe old age of 106. One of the graves is for Christ, while the other contains a lock of Isukiri’s hair.

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A small museum near the burial site displays photographs of local “descendants” of Christ alongside displays of agricultural implements and traditional clothing. There are also several items that allege a connection between the village and Judea, along with what appears to be the will of Christ. Written in Japanese, the document states that, after escaping crucifixion, Jesus changed his name to Toraitarō Daitenkū, married a woman from the village, and raised three daughters.

Soon this version of the story would be in opposition to the more common one. The tomb of Jesus is commonly believed to be in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, although there is no archaeological evidence, even within Israel, as to its actual location. The most convincing argument, both academically and religiously, is that there is no such grave, as the Bible clearly states that Jesus ascended to heaven three days after his death by crucifixion.


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The story behind Aomori’s grave dates back to 1934. At that time, the village chief of Herai was looking to capitalize on a movement to turn the area around Lake Towada into a national park. He commissioned a painter named Toya Banzan to survey the region with the aim of establishing a deep connection between the lake and a part of the village called Mayogatai.

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Toya became fascinated with famous texts known as the Takeuchi Manuscripts, a set of apocryphal documents written in a strange script that Takeuchi Kyomaro (1875-1965), the founder of a new Shinto-style religion, claimed was passed down by his family. Although the texts were obviously a hoax, Takeuchi claimed that they recorded the secret history of Japan before the reign of the legendary Emperor Jinmu. According to the manuscripts, luminaries such as Gautama Buddha, Confucius, Mencius and Moses underwent religious training in Japan, thus placing the cultural roots of China and the West, one ancient model of art and culture and the other an example of modernity, firmly in Japan.

In the summer of 1935, Toya invited Takeuchi to participate in the research at Herai, where he miraculously discovered Christ’s tomb. He is said to have offered a silent prayer before the graves before shouting something like “I knew you were here!”

Source: Nippon.com.

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