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Did Jesus go to Japan ?

Posted on Thursday, 27 December, 2012 | Comment icon 35 comments

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Some believe that during the 'lost years' of his life Jesus traveled the world and spent time in Japan.

There are many different theories to explain where Jesus was during the 12 year gap between the ages of 21 and 33 but perhaps one of the most unusual explanations is that he spent a lot of that time in Japan. According to the Japanese version of events, Jesus arrived in Japan at Amanohashidate before becoming a disciple of a great master near Mount Fuji. There he learned the Japanese language and culture before returning to Judea by way of Morocco.

To further the alternative story, it is said that upon being captured by the Roman authorities Jesus managed to escape and fled back to Japan where he retired to a life of exile. Upon his death his body was said to have been left exposed on a hilltop for four years, as per tradition, before being buried in a grave.

"In Shingo, the Greatest Story Ever Told is retold like this: Jesus first came to Japan at the age of 21 to study theology."

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Comment icon #26 Posted by Arpee on 5 January, 2013, 23:58
There are many belief systems, especially when it comes to the most popular religions such as Christianity. Some believe Jesus went to India, some to Tibet, some to America, etc. I just heard of one that believes of Adam, Noah, and John The Baptists, but not Abraham, Moses, or Jesus ( )
Comment icon #27 Posted by tubermier on 6 January, 2013, 3:04
What almost no one on earth save a few of us know is that the JAPANESE people are from the half of the TRIBE of MANASSA which split from MOSES and the HOUSE of ISRAEL in their wanderings. Jesus was an emplyee of his UNCLE JOSEPH of Arimethea who buried him in his OWN TOMB. He was known as the No.1 procurrator to the Roman Empire which means his fleet of ships travelled the world aquiring raw materials and natural resources for the economy of ROME. He was a very rich and influential person for a non Roman citizen. Jesus may very well have been to JAPAN,but it was surely not to study theology or... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by CH32 on 14 January, 2013, 17:03
Did Jesus go to Japan ? Possibly if his local sushi bar was closed !
Comment icon #29 Posted by ealdwita on 14 January, 2013, 17:39
Was this trip to Japan before or after his visit to Britain with Uncle Joseph, or was all part of a Thompson's package tour?
Comment icon #30 Posted by The Unseen on 15 January, 2013, 4:14
in One word, NO he Didn't.
Comment icon #31 Posted by The Unseen on 15 January, 2013, 4:16
na both are made up.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Sean93 on 15 January, 2013, 5:22
Any chance that perhaps the only reason people think Jesus went to Japan is because, like the Jesus myth itself it's a story that has some of the same 'plot' elements and that we cannot prove it true or false? There are parallels in a myths and legends over the world, I wouldn't be surprised if one story from a religion is slightly the same as another, it happens. A lot of the major religions of the world have a 'central character/savior': Zoroaster Vishnu, Mohammed Jesus, Moses etc. They can't all be right and one can only speculate on the details because a holy ... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 15 January, 2013, 13:39
The stuff in the bible,is about as credible as any of this. Unless you were hanging out with the guy,where ever he was ,no one can say cor sure ,now can they . Pictures ,or it didn't happen . That being said,the Japanese are not known for fabricating tall tales for notoriety . If that were the case,this tomb would be in Tokyo ,and easily accessible to tourists . http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/5326614.stm http://travel.cnn.com/tokyo/visit/did-jesus-christ-live-and-die-northern-japan-065383 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/3920070/Jap... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by Paracelse on 15 January, 2013, 15:40
Funny how some people know it all ... as if they had a time machine or something As far as I'm concern he could have die in someone backyard without anyone knowing for sure... after all if he existed and survived the cross he would have been on the Roman's most wanted list and he would have fled as far away as possible.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Beckys_Mom on 15 January, 2013, 15:48
Jesus was a globe trotter

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