Each year, thousands of tourists’ flock to a little village in northern Japan that professes to be the actual location of Jesus Christ’s tomb. According to local lore, he traveled to Japan during his long period of being lost, obtained Buddhist spiritual instruction, and then came back to Israel.
Jesus was persecuted by the Romans. But when his younger brother took the fall, he was free. Through Siberia and Russia, Jesus made his way to his adopted country of Japan. He settled as a rice farmer and got married. Eventually, he died at the age of 106. The good news is that he left a scroll containing his last will, in which he referred to himself as Christ, the father of Christmas.
So, there you have it. Jesus retained a lock of his mother’s hair, a piece of his brother’s ear, and his younger brother Isukiri’s ear as a keepsake. His younger brother Isukiri was also put to death. In the Japanese Tomb of Jesus in Shingo, his supposed remains are buried beneath one mound, and his family relics are buried beneath another. Each one is finished with a sizable wooden cross. Sometimes curious visitors even have the opportunity to interact with the Sawaguchi family, who currently own the property where Jesus’ tomb is located.
According to the popularly accepted Christian narrative of Jesus, he was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago, spent his formative years in Nazareth, and was executed by Roman soldiers at Calvary outside of Jerusalem on the governor’s orders. God raised Jesus from the dead when he was buried three days after his crucifixion. This event marked the beginning of Christianity and demonstrated God’s might. The story and basis of Christianity are turned on their head by the Japanese Jesus tomb.
One wonders where such a fantastic yarn came from after hearing it. The controversial Takenouchi Documents were “found” by a Shinto priest in the 1930s. They were supposedly written by Jesus and date back thousands of years. They tell the story of his flight from Israel to Japan. The originals conveniently vanished during World War II, but the Legend of Jesus Museum has copies of the old writings and a store selling Hometown of Christ’s sake. Shingo also holds an annual festival in June when visitors may watch residents dance and sing around the tombs in a language, they believe to be an ancient Hebrew dialect.
Remember that the Bible contains a lot of fairly improbable tales before you laugh off such fantastical Japanese folklore. Although wars have been waged in Jesus Christ’s name, historians are remarkably ignorant of him outside the New Testament accounts. According to history, “There is no unambiguous physical or archaeological evidence of Jesus’ existence.”
Since the Middle Ages, people everywhere in the globe have been attracted by various artifacts whose provenance is, to put it mildly, in doubt. The forging of artifacts and the fabrication of history has been and continues to be a major business. Examples include the Shroud of Turin, Jesus’ Crown of Thorns, and the numerous holy foreskins that have circulated throughout history.
The tomb of Jesus is the sole internationally renowned tourist destination in this particular Japanese hamlet. Perhaps it indicates that individuals are trying to connect with Jesus in some way, according to BBC News.
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