What is Japanese Religion?
The interesting thing that Japanese people always said, We go to Shinto Shrine every new year and attend many festivals of it. And, We will have a wedding at the church when we have the marriage. Moreover, We will have a funeral in Buddism style when someone dies. Everyone surprised what’s going on in Japan when I tell it to foreign friends.
What is reality? Because many young people are nonreligious all over the world. So, I put it all together.
The Number of Believer and percentage-Japanese religion
Number: 85 million
The Shinto is the Japanese particular to Japan and has a deep relationship with Japanese people. However, even many Japanese people do not know what it is. Because there is no specific teaching and scripture. Some of you may think, then what do they believing?
Shinto is closely related to Japanese history and is a part of the culture. For example, Japanese people are not believers, but, when they go to the shrine, they make a wish to god.
In addition, many people visit the shrine during the New Year.
Simply put, it is a special place where anyone can go at the anytime, like a church.
Number: 88 million
Buddism origin is in India. Thereafter pressed to China and from China to Japan. The beginning of Buddism in Japan is said to be 538. And, It is teaching that ancestor is valued.
Many people believe in these teachings and there are many temples in Japan.
Moreover, there is various type of teachings. So the teachings are completely different depending on the sect.
Number: 2 million
In Japan, it was introduced after Francisco Xavier come to Japan in 1549 and began teaching.
However, there was a law prohibiting Christianity in Japan. And it was not widely accepted in Japan. Because of one reason, The missionaries led them to conversion, but due to persecution of Buddhism and Shintoism, the conflict has been increased.
In addition, the Japanese people knew the fact that Christian missionaries were trying to conquer Japan and it let them distrust. San Felipe incident (1596)
Number: 8 million
Some of you really know Japan, you think this statistic is wrong. Because the total believer is about 180 million people. Don’t you think the Japanese population is about 130 million? Where are 50 million people come from?
Are they Ghost? or Also inclouding even dead people?
In explore this answer, The Japanese interesting culture which I mentioned in the first paragraph that Japanese custom is strange. It means that they believe in two or three types of religion. Some of you might think it is impossible, but possible in Japan.
Because there is no teaching and scripture in Shinto and it believes in God. Buddhism is only focused on the ancestor. The meaning is these two religion could be coexistence in Japan. So, many Japanese people can belives two of them.
Moreover, Even Christian, we often go to the Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple. Because it is a culture.
The interesting in Japan, when we have questionary about Japanese people, 70 percent of people said I am a non-believer. And only 30 percent of people said that they believe in something.
Why does this happen in Japan?
If you study Japanese culture and customs, you can find the answer.
First of all, Japanese culture is growing with Shinto and Buddhism, So then most of the people have a relationship with it even non-believer. Because it is inherited from generation to generation. No matter what you believe these religions are a strong connection with Japanese culture and customs. Everyone goes to Buddhism bottom to thankful to an ancestor.
In Japan, there is something called God when you are troubled. We don’t a particular belief. However, We often ask help to god when we had some problems. For example, Shinto shrine and Buddhist temple are commonly going before the exam and something big thing in Japan. Even Japanese Christian go on it too. Because ancestors have existed in real life and it is normal to ask help from them.
Recently, at a young age in Japan, people start not to believe god. However, they often go to shrine and temple.
As you study Japanese religion, you may strongly interest Japanese culture and customs.
In Japan, even not believe any religion, we have the place to beg. And many people agree that culture is part of religion.
This is only possible in Japan.
Please tell your friends when you come to Japan.
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