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Japan is proud home of Christ's tomb
TimesOnline ^ | May 29, 2006 | Leo Lewis

Posted on 05/31/2006 9:56:17 AM PDT by NYer

IN A paddy-lined valley in the far north of Japan is a municipal signpost inscribed: “Tomb of Christ: next left.”

Follow the winding path up into the forest and there, sure enough, is a simple mound with a large wooden cross labelled as the grave of Jesus. Nearby is a tomb commemorating Isukiri, Christ’s brother, adorned with a plastic poinsettia Christmas wreath.

For two millennia the farming village of Shingo claims to have protected a tradition that Jesus spent most of his life in Japan. The village is the home of Sajiro Sawaguchi, a man in his eighties who claims to be a direct descendant of Jesus and whose family has always owned the land in which it is said that Christ is buried.

Mr Sawaguchi emerged as Jesus’s heir only in 1935, when a priest in Ibaraki discovered a document in ancient Japanese purporting to be Christ’s will. This document supposedly identifies Shingo as the location of the tombs of Jesus and Isukiri. The claim is widely believed. About 40,000 Japanese visit the site every year. Two years ago it was presented with a plaque by Jerusalem, and next Sunday it will host the annual Christ festival of traditional Japanese dance.

According to the account in the Christ Museum next to the tombs, Christ arrived in Japan at the age of 21 and learnt Japanese before returning to Judaea 12 years later to engage in his mission and preach about the “holy land of Japan”. The official Shingo history is that Jesus’s place on the Cross was “casually” taken by his brother, leaving Christ free to return to Japan. On his return he fell in love with Miyuko, a local girl, and lived happily with his family among the rice fields until dying aged 106.

Norihide Nagano, the straight-faced curator of the tombs, says that the theory that the grave does contain the remains of Jesus is supported by several pieces of evidence. There is the local tradition, dating back hundreds of years, of drawing a charcoal cross on babies’ heads; and ancient kimonos made in the area incorporated a Star of David.

The upkeep of the site is paid for out of the profits of a local yoghurt factory, and Mr Nagano agrees that The Da Vinci Code will probably boost Shingo’s coffers. The village shop is already doing a roaring trade in Christ-branded saké. “Did you enjoy the museum?” asks Mr Nagano. “If you did, I recommend you go to Ishikawa district. They have the tomb of Moses there.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: christ; danbrown; davincicode; gnostic; godsgravesglyphs; tomb
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1 posted on 05/31/2006 9:56:21 AM PDT by NYer
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...
Catholic Ping - Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


2 posted on 05/31/2006 9:56:55 AM PDT by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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To: NYer

Sounds credible to me.

Do they have the Ark of the Covenant in the Moses museum?


3 posted on 05/31/2006 10:01:38 AM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: NYer

4 posted on 05/31/2006 10:01:50 AM PDT by guitar4jesus (Black Conservative . . . I think, I vote!)
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To: NYer

Sounds like someone is turning religion into a Big Business?


5 posted on 05/31/2006 10:02:23 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft
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To: NYer

Oh dear... certain FReepers are not gong to like this allegation at all.


6 posted on 05/31/2006 10:02:34 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll. 17,400+ snide replies and counting!)
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To: NYer; 4CJ

...something to ponder...


7 posted on 05/31/2006 10:02:36 AM PDT by BikerGold (Reliously Uncoooorrrrect...Reliously UUUUUUncorrect)
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To: NYer

So it's not Sophie after all, but Mr. Sawaguchi who's the last remaining descendant of Christ? Mr. Brown, pick up the courtesy phone, please. Long distance from Japan.


8 posted on 05/31/2006 10:02:59 AM PDT by Carolina
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To: BikerGold

LOL!! Something to ponder!!! You ARE kidding....right?


9 posted on 05/31/2006 10:03:56 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: NYer
On his return he fell in love with Miyuko

A.K.A. Maly Magdarene

10 posted on 05/31/2006 10:04:07 AM PDT by Mannaggia l'America
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To: Mannaggia l'America

Too funny.


11 posted on 05/31/2006 10:06:11 AM PDT by Jaded (does it really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: NYer; dighton; martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim

The original tomb of Christ was huge. But the Japanese redesigned it using transistors and now it's tiny . . . and portable!


12 posted on 05/31/2006 10:07:33 AM PDT by Petronski (I just love that woman.)
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To: DTogo; Slings and Arrows

An odd Japan ping. oo


13 posted on 05/31/2006 10:08:44 AM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Conservatives teach you how to fish. Liberals give you the fish by stealing it from the fisherman.)
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To: NYer

Well this might explain the Judean People's Front crack suicide squad.


14 posted on 05/31/2006 10:08:54 AM PDT by Gator101
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To: NYer

I knew it!

All that stuff about Jerusalem, Christ's death on the cross and Easter was an elaborately-planned hoax!

Now all we have to do is find out who's behind all of this.

We should call Jack Bauer - but he's on his way to China...unless...it really wasn't Jack they captured - but a double of him.

My mind is spinning with conspiracy theories!


15 posted on 05/31/2006 10:10:40 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: NYer
I believe it more than Da Vinci code Holy Blood stuff.

Maybe they;ll make a best selling book and big movie about it.

But of course we all know He really went to India and learned the secrets of the east...

16 posted on 05/31/2006 10:13:31 AM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Gator101
Well this might explain the Judean People's Front crack suicide squad.

They were ninjas?

17 posted on 05/31/2006 10:15:54 AM PDT by uglybiker (Don't blame me. I didn't make you stupid.)
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To: Mannaggia l'America; Petronski
Eagerry awaiting Gospers in Engrish.
18 posted on 05/31/2006 10:17:03 AM PDT by dighton
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To: NYer

Seems like a Kabuki version of the Mormon faith. Maybe Jesus descended upon the Japanese archipeligo when he finished with his ministry in the Americas.


19 posted on 05/31/2006 10:19:09 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Life is too short to go through it clenched of sphincter and void of humor - it's okay to laugh.)
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To: NYer

These folks are almost smart enough to be from Utah.


20 posted on 05/31/2006 10:20:05 AM PDT by proudpapa (of three.)
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To: NYer

Sounds like Dan Brown's sequal is in the works....


21 posted on 05/31/2006 10:20:24 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: NYer

Japan is a beautiful country and Japanese women -- well, need I say more? So who could blame Him for going back?

(a big, fat SARCASM here)


22 posted on 05/31/2006 10:20:50 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The Moving Finger writes and, having writ, moves on....)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry
Seems like a Kabuki version of the Mormon faith. Maybe Jesus descended upon the Japanese archipeligo when he finished with his ministry in the Americas.

Somewhere their is a treasure trove of unused frequent flier miles just waiting to be discovered.

23 posted on 05/31/2006 10:21:59 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: NYer

Great. I suppose they'll find the burial site of Moses somewhere on Maui next.


24 posted on 05/31/2006 10:22:08 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Support American sovereignty - boycott employers of illegal aliens)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

> someone is turning religion into a Big Business

When has it *not* been?


25 posted on 05/31/2006 10:23:13 AM PDT by orionblamblam (I'm interested in science and preventing its corruption, so here I am.)
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To: NYer
Mr Sawaguchi emerged as Jesus’s heir only in 1935, when a priest in Ibaraki discovered a document in ancient Japanese purporting to be Christ’s will.

There you go. Can't refute that.

26 posted on 05/31/2006 10:24:41 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: orionblamblam

Amen to that.


27 posted on 05/31/2006 10:34:30 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: NYer; maikeru; Dr. Marten; Eric in the Ozarks; Al Gator; snowsislander; sushiman; ...
Go to Japan to see Christ's tomb, after a stop-over at Monster Island to see Godzilla, Rodan, Gamera, et al...

Japan * ping * (kono risuto ni hairitai ka detai wo shirasete kudasai : let me know if you want on or off this list)

28 posted on 05/31/2006 10:35:41 AM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

There is the grave of Moses in Mt. Houdatsu, Ishikawa prefecture, where he lived to the age of 583, and a legend says that many secret treasures of Solomon are kept in Mt. Tsurugi in Shikoku, Japan. There are also shrines in Japan with a statue that is said to have been made by Jesus from the bones of Joseph and Mary and the original tablet of the Ten Commandments.


29 posted on 05/31/2006 10:36:21 AM PDT by mak5
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To: NYer

I'd like to get some of that Christ-sake.


30 posted on 05/31/2006 10:39:06 AM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry
"Seems like a Kabuki version of the Mormon faith. Maybe Jesus descended upon the Japanese archipeligo when he finished with his ministry in the Americas."

Beat me to it by THIS much...

31 posted on 05/31/2006 10:39:35 AM PDT by redhead (The REAL redhead -- not the lefty imitation.)
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To: NYer

They also have the skull of Christopher Columbus, and a smaller skull of Christopher Columbus as a child.


32 posted on 05/31/2006 10:40:06 AM PDT by steve-b (hardcore 'social' conservatives are to the Rs what the hardcore moonbat eco-nuts are to to the Ds)
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To: NYer
OK, that settles the important question about the Number of the Beast. It's NOT 666.

Instead, the number of the Beast is 1-800-GOD-ZLLA.

33 posted on 05/31/2006 10:40:19 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("How'd you get that scar, mister?" "Nicked myself shaving.")
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To: tallhappy
But of course we all know He really went to India and learned the secrets of the east...

i thought he came to america and stayed with the native americans?
34 posted on 05/31/2006 10:44:17 AM PDT by absolootezer0 ("My God, why have you forsaken us.. no wait, its the liberals that have forsaken you... my bad")
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To: siunevada
...and whose family has always owned the land in which it is said that Christ is buried.

"Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! This way to the Fabulous Egress!"

35 posted on 05/31/2006 10:45:43 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: NYer

**Japanese version of NBC's Friends is shown on TV**
Cast Member #1: Do you like my new shirt? It says "Reggae Hairstyle, Rock N' Roll"! Could I be more Japanese?
Cast Member #2: You are the emperor of last year
Cast Member #1: Your comeback shames me


36 posted on 05/31/2006 10:47:42 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: absolootezer0
"Secrets of the East" always seem to me to be a pretty lame affair. All these "ancients" of the East, the Myans, the Aztecs, all the mystical clpatrap...and yet, they're all dead, and their grandure is in ruins.
37 posted on 05/31/2006 10:49:20 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: NYer

WOW..Does Dan Brown know this? His next book can be the SHINGO CODE...bwahahahahahaha.Hey it could be "hugh and series."!


38 posted on 05/31/2006 10:52:30 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: NYer; Luke Skyfreeper; Charles Henrickson; mikrofon

Oh fer Christ's Sake.

39 posted on 05/31/2006 10:55:09 AM PDT by martin_fierro (The DaVinci Kobe)
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To: NYer

That's it! I've had enough of this stuff! I say we all boycott yoghurt! /sarc off


41 posted on 05/31/2006 11:03:47 AM PDT by samiam1972 (Live simply so that others may simply live!)
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To: siunevada
As Jimmy Durante used to exclaim, "Stop da' music! Everybody wants to get into da' act!"
42 posted on 05/31/2006 11:04:13 AM PDT by oyez (Appeasement is insanity)
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To: tallhappy

Did he not go there before visiting the Indian tribes?


43 posted on 05/31/2006 11:08:28 AM PDT by steve8714 (Illegals are a pain in the butt.)
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To: absolootezer0; steve8714
i thought he came to america and stayed with the native americans?

Yeah, my mistake, He did that right before visiting the space aliens.

44 posted on 05/31/2006 11:11:10 AM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: steve-b

ROFL


45 posted on 05/31/2006 11:12:00 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Murtha, doing the job Marines wouldn't do... on Memorial Day weekend. s/)
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To: NYer
Christian Designs Found In Tomb Stones Of Eastern Han Dynasty (86 AD)


46 posted on 05/31/2006 11:12:16 AM PDT by blam
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To: NYer
According to the account in the Christ Museum next to the tombs, Christ arrived in Japan at the age of 21 and learnt Japanese before returning to Judaea 12 years later to engage in his mission and preach about the “holy land of Japan”. The official Shingo history is that Jesus’s place on the Cross was “casually” taken by his brother, leaving Christ free to return to Japan. On his return he fell in love with Miyuko, a local girl, and lived happily with his family among the rice fields until dying aged 106.

Ping to read thru the comments later!

47 posted on 05/31/2006 11:23:33 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Colossians 4:6)
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To: mak5

LOL!

Can Mr. Brown get a rewrite?


48 posted on 05/31/2006 11:27:40 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: NYer
The Lord is no stranger to Japan.

"The Life of Jesus: The Manga"

I've read it. It's good -- very reverent and faithful to the texts. I think the Baptists in Japan put it out.

My guess is that this "tomb" is just a local tourist trap -- a Japanese version of "World's Largest Ball of Twine" or "See Rock City".

49 posted on 05/31/2006 11:33:37 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan Any questions?)
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To: NYer; kstewskis; Victoria Delsoul; Raquel; Kelly_2000
For two millennia the farming village of Shingo claims to have protected a tradition that Jesus spent most of his life in Japan.

And here I thought he went to Heaven.

Guess I'll have to do some re-thinking! *Not!* ; )

50 posted on 05/31/2006 11:35:30 AM PDT by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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