Are the Japanese Actually Jewish???

Well, it’s just a theory, but not the first time I’ve come across it. This video is from Japanese TV, so it’s of course overly dramatic, but it’s a really interesting video. There are a lot of similarities and coincidences at work here, and just enough to make you go “hmm… Maaaybe…”

6 thoughts on “Are the Japanese Actually Jewish???

  1. Edward

    Here’s the place where Jesus died in Japan:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shingo,_Aomori
    http://www.google.com/search?q=Jesus+in+Japan&sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rls=DVFD,DVFD:1970–2,DVFD:en
    (a google search of Jesus in Japan interestingly nothing about Jesus in Japan now)

    Shingō (新郷村, Shingō-mura?) , sometimes known as [the] Home of Christ (キリストの里, Kirisuto no Sato), is a village located in Sannohe District, Aomori, Japan.

    As of 2003, the village has an estimated population of 3,201 and a density of 21.22 persons per km². The total area is 150.85 km².

    The town claims to be the last resting-place of Jesus, buried in the “Tomb of Jesus.” According to the local lore, Jesus did not die on the cross at Golgotha. Instead his brother, Isukiri,[1] took his place on the cross, while Jesus fled across Siberia, Alaska, and finally to Aomori, Shingo, Japan, where he became a rice farmer, married, and raised a family. [2] [3] While no evidence exists to prove this claim, some entrepreneurs have set up business selling memorabilia and Jesus souvenirs to the large number of tourists. Another tomb in Shingo is said to contain an ear of the brother of Jesus and a lock of hair from the Virgin Mary. The claims started in 1933 after the discovery of supposed “ancient Hebrew documents detailing Jesus’ life and death in Japan” [4] that was supposedly the testament of Jesus. These documents were seized by the Japanese authorities and taken to Tokyo shortly before World War II and have not been seen since.[5]

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  2. Scot Eaton

    It’s quite possible that Israelites traveled along the silk road during the diaspora. I have no problem believing that. It’s even further complicated by the fact that Japan has very few records from before 600 AD, so when we go back to the BC era, things get really muddy. I also think it possible that Christians during the Nestorian movement may have made it all the way to Japan. They certainly made it as far as China! In any case, I think God has been reaching out to these islands for some time now. We should look into getting “God’s Fingerprints in Japan” on the web and post it as a video response to this.

    But the whole katakana thing was pretty ridiculous. Katakana was derived from taking a single radical out of a Chinese character, and is actually a fairly new invention, at least when compared to Hebrew script. I’d say that any similarities are more than likely coincidental.

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  3. Kathleen

    Hmm, now I have an excuse to visit my friends in Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku again….!

    Bit of a stretch in some parts, but I agree with Scot–the Nestorians did get out that far, at least to China, so it would be interesting to know if perhaps the Jews did as well.

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