MY VISIT TO JESUS' TOMB -- IN JAPAN!
From an Asleep! Correspondent in Tokyo, Japan
Several days ago, I made a pilgrimage that many Christians have made over the past two thousand years -- to the gravesite claimed to have been the tomb of Jesus Christ. As it turns out, however, millions of Christians have visited the wrong site. Jesus Christ is actually buried (yes, not resurrected in the flesh but still buried in the ground) in a small, remote town in northern Honshu, Japan. False religious tradition in Christendom claims that Jesus actually met his end in the Holy Land, but a museum at the real gravesite proves beyond all doubt that Jesus survived the cross --er, torture stake -- and travelled thousands of miles by way of Siberia to live out the rest of his life in the obscure town of Shingo, Japan, living to the ripe old age of 106.
Jesus Grave, Shingo, Japan.
According to the sign posted at the gravesite, "When Jesus Christ was 21 years old, he came to Japan and pursued knowledge of divinity for 12 years. He went back to Judea at age 33, and engaged in his mission. However, at that time, people in Judea would not accept Christ's preaching. Instead, they arrested him and tried to crucify him on a cross. His younger brother, Isikuri casually took Christ's place and ended his life on the cross. Christ, who escaped the crucifixion, went through the ups and downs of travel, and again came to Japan. He settled right here in what is now called Herai Village, and died there at age 106. On this holy ground, there is dedicated a burial mound on the right to deify Christ and a grave on the left to deify Isikuri. The above description was given in a testament by Jesus Christ". This "testament" is the Ancient Takeuchi Document, which tells the "true" story of Jesus' life. The musuem at the gravesite gave the following synopsis:
"It is said that Christ was born in Judea on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, and that he disappeared at age of 21, then suddenly reappeared at age 33 and started preaching about Heaven and the existence of God. Where he was during those yearsw between age 21 and age 22 is not described even in the New Testament.
"However this blank in the testament was described in 'Christ's Will,' an ancient Takeuchi document found in 1931 at Koso Kotai Jingu.
"According to that ancient document, Christ came to Japan for the first time when he was 21 years olde. He landed at a port on the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefacture on the Japan Sea. He became the student of a Shinto priest at Koso Kotai Jingu in Toyama Prefacture, learned the Japanese language and writing system, and received thorough training. After serving out his apprenticeship, he left Japan at age 33 to return to Judea, where he talked among the people about the holy country of Japan.
"However Christ's preaching faced opposition by priests and scribes of the Jewish people, and the Pharisees. Finally, he was arrested by Roman soldiers and crucified. In truth, however, the person who was crucified was yhis young brother, Isukiri who casually took Christ's place. Christ escaped the crucifixion, boarded a ship from Alaska that passed through Siberia, and landed on the coast of Japan at what is today called the Port of Hachinohe Port Aomori Prefacture. He lived in Shingo Village and, although he did not proselytize, he traveled around Japan to observe the language, customs, humanity, etc. and put his efforts into saving ordinary people. He died at the age of 106 right here in Shingo Village. It is said he was buried in this grave after aeriel sepulcher burial at the Towari Mountain Pyramid."
Now, I never knew that Jesus had a Japanese brother named Isukiri. Nor that he was trained as a Shinto priest. I love the part about Isukiri "casually" taking Jesus' place on the cross -- it was no big whop'. As for the document itself, the museum unfortunately does not show the original. In fact, it shows a copy of a copy of the original. The legend to "Christ's Will" reads:
"This section was included in the Ancient Takeuchi Document, which was kept with great care by Mr. Kiyomaro Takeuchi. It was first copied by Mr. Ken Sawada on August 20, 1935. Then, Mr. Denjiro Sasaki, who was mayor of Shingo Village at that time, recopied it at Koso Kotai Jingu on 24th day of the same month. Later, Dr. Shoichi Kimura borrowed that copy and recopied it by hand. This is a reproduction of Mr. Kimura's copy."
Hmmmm, to think that this Christ thing might've gotten started by the mayor of Shingo....that couldn't have anything to do with it, huh? Well, anyway, the musuem actually has proofs that Jesus Christ lived and died in Shingo. Wanna hear them? 1) Shingo has a folk dance that has the word "Nanyadoyara" which according to a local expert in divinity is an ancient Judean military song meaning give glory to God in Hebrew. However, another expert disagrees. 2) Mr. Sanjiro Sawaguchi, an old resident in the village, had blue eyes. And supposedly he looked just like Christ in the pictures. So therefore, Christ must've lived in the village. 3) There was a picture taken in 1972 of the Sawaguchi home and there is a five-pointed star on the front door. This looks a lot like the six-pointed Star of David. 4) In olden days, the village of Shingo was called Herai. Herai sounds a lot like "Hebrew". This is another piece of evidence showing that Shingo has a link to Judaism and Jesus.
I'm not making any of that up. It is too funny to make up. That's the proof they offer that Jesus Christ lived in Shingo and is buried there. However, just the other week a plaque was placed near the graves with a Hebrew inscription given by the Israeli government in sending their best regards to Shingo. So I guess, if Israel gives their recognition to this tiny town, the story must be true.
Anyway, there's lots else to tell, but I really recommend visiting this town -- if only for a good chuckle.
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