I was in Japan back in 2007, and it was a life-changing experience for me. I met a lot of wonderful people who I'm still friends with to this day. One thing I learned about the Japanese people was how they were predominately irreligious. Rather than being religious, they were more superstitious. Many people aren't against religion, and in fact, some facet of Buddhist or Shintoism is a large part of their life. Instead their secular spiritual beliefs are expressed through charms that are purchased and blessed at local temples and shrines.
Now each shrine has a particular duty, or deity that it is dedicated to. I visited quite a number of these places while I was there and they were all beautiful. What I didn't know then, and what I found out only recently, was that there is a burial site and shrine dedicated to Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Now, had I known about this sacred place I would have made time to go visit this shrine. What a strange anomaly from a different time. Shinto-Buddhist hybrid shrines is one thing, but this is that dedicated to the messiah of a different religion. How strange! I love it!
So according to this new folklore, Jesus spent time in Japan during the "lost years" in the Holy Bible between when he was a young man and before his eventual crucifixion. In Japan Jesus studied the language, culture, and the theologies before returning to Judea. The sign above shows the "truth" behind the bible. How Jesus' younger brother, Isukiri was truly the one who died on the cross! Jesus escaped his own crucifixion and took his brothers remains back to Japan. There, Jesus married a beautiful woman named Miyuko, had children and died at the age of 106 years old! Amazing! He was also apparently a garlic farmer, which is a weird bit of extra information for this tale. This tale of Jesus and his brother is part of a larger series of books, and these texts contain some rather strange information:
"The Japanese original is the work of the self-styled cosmoarcheologist Wado Kosaka (1947-2002), who not only transcribed the original “Takenouchi Documents” but also — according to the preamble to Volume 1 — attracted national attention in the 1970s when he contacted a UFO on live television.
Although the documents described in the book are widely considered a hoax — Kyoto University religious scholar Toji Kamata has called them “fakelore” — they nevertheless contain all sorts of fascinating material, including descriptions of how ancestors of the human race came from outer space, what happened to Atlantis, and where Jesus Christ ended his life (this small town in present-day Aomori Prefecture, of course)." - (Japan Times)
A cross marks the spot where the remains of Jesus supposedly are. I did a bit of research on the documents that say he was buried in this spot, and they are part of a "new religion" called "Mahikari" ("True Light"). I'm not sure if there is much of a movement left with this religion, but there seem to be a few remnants of this existence here and there. Every year, in June, there is a festival and ceremony to celebrate Jesus and Isukiri and their deification. There is also a museum with all sorts of artifacts on display. This all takes place in a little town in Japan called Shingo, in the Aomori Prefecture. That's a long way from Jerusalem, and they say Jesus crossed over Alaska to get there somehow!
What a far out place. I don't know what to make of it. I'm not even convinced the locals care of the tales are true or not because its such a boon for the economy there every year. On one hand this might be a complete insult to a strict Christian, but on the other hand at least this community is trying to make some sort of connection with such an important religious figure. It's all how you look at it.
Personally I think this is pretty spectacular, and I really hope I can visit this shrine someday.