Japan is a country shrouded with mysteries. An extremely interesting example of one of these mysteries involves a village in Aomori. According to one cosmo archeologist, Wado Kosaka, (along with some of the residents of the village who believe the legend) Shingo village is the final resting place of Jesus Christ.
Shingo village is located in the south-central part of Aomori Prefecture. The claims are based on the Takenouchi Documents made by Kosaka. These are allegedly ancient documents recording the history of man on earth. It was rewritten by Takenouchi Matori from Divine characters into modern Japanese characters more than 2,000 years ago. The documents hold quite a field of information on historical facts which seem absurd in nature and contrary to the common understanding of men. With the recent archeological research done by man, all things mentioned in the documents pertaining to ultra ancient civilization seem to have existed.
According to the apocryphal religious writings, it is not the body of Christ that was entombed in Golgotha. It was his younger brother, Isukiri. Christ fled from one place to the other trying to escape the Romans who tried to capture him. He went to Japan where he settled and married. He had three children and died at the age of 106 from natural causes. It is also said that the descendants of the village come from the holy bloodline.
On the burial site, a large cross is mounted. Some people believe the story to be true while others think it is a hoax. As a way of verifying the story, a museum was built that includes information on the story of Christ. Many festivities actually take place near the site. There are times when a Shinto priest is even saying ritual prayers in the site coupled with Nanyadoyara dance, a traditional one in the area.
If the story sounds interesting to you, you can check out Shingo’s annual Christ Festival which is held on the first Sunday of June. A town riddled with so many folktales would certainly be a pleasure to curious travelers.
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