The Tomb of Jesus in Japan

Residents of Shingō village (in Aomori, Japan) claim that Jesus did not, in fact, die on the cross. Specifically, the family of Sajiro Sawaguchi purport that Isukiri, Jesus’ brother, took his place on the cross, allowing for Jesus to leave for Japan. Even more fascinating is how Mr. Sawaguchi claims to be a direct descendant of Jesus Christ. All this in a small farming village, like any other in Northern Japan.

Mr. Sawaguchi as seen in his youth, in a photo from the Shingō Museum
Mr. Sawaguchi as seen in his youth, in a photo from the Shingō Museum

Signs and museum information (organized by the Sawaguchi family) tell the story of Jesus as he fled Golgotha. Christ ran across the Siberian plains to the Mutsu province, learning and studying along the way. After meeting a woman and falling in love, he eventually settled down as a rice farmer in Aomori. Assertedly, his genetic line was able to continue to the present day through his three daughters.

After a long life, living to an incredible 106 years of age, Jesus’ remains were attended to according to the funerary customs of the time. His body was left atop a hill, exposed, for four years. After this, his bones were brought together and buried under a mound in Shingō village. Next to this mound is a second which contains the only pieces of Christ’s life in Jerusalem: his brother’s ear and a lock of Mother Mary’s hair. Jesus was apparently unable to bring any other fragments of his life with him when he fled.

Jesus' burial mound
Jesus’ burial mound

However, this claim does not hold much water in terms of evidence. The only proof is in Hebrew documents that depict Christ’s life in Japan; these are the documents that started the legend. They were discovered in 1933, at a time when the tombs were unnamed. It was unknown to them for what reason, but the Sawaguchi family followed their ancient tradition of protecting the graves. After discovering the ‘testament of Christ’, a Shinto priest named Koma Takeuchi (who was given the documents through an ancient line of priests) and a Japanese historian named Banzan Toya went to find the gravesite. 

Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha depicted as Tokyo roommates in the Manga/Anime series Saint ☆ Young Men
Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha depicted as Tokyo roommates in the Manga/Anime series Saint ☆ Young Men

Shortly thereafter (just before WWII) the Japanese authorities are said to have taken the documents to Tokyo and they remain missing due to the losses of war. However, copies of the text still tell the tales, including Jesus’ travels in the East from the ages of 21 to 33 (the so-called “lost years” or “silent years”).

The sign explaining the burial site
The sign explaining the burial site

In front of the tomb of Christ is a sign; it reads:

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, Isukiri 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 [Shingō] Village, and died at the age of 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 Isukiri.

The above description was given in a testament by Jesus Christ.

One thought on “The Tomb of Jesus in Japan

  1. If one is educated enough, he will logically know that this place is fake. It says somebody found an archive about this place as a tomb of Jesus in ibaraki authority in 1930s, which was at the time considered 1900 years old. There is a picture of this archive in the museum of the tomb of Jesus, and kanji letters were used to indicate the place of the tomb.
    There are 4 points which proves such a claim is fake.
    1) the invention of paper (that which we use today) took place in the early 2 nd century in china, and the technique came to japan around 7 th century through korea with Buddhism. So the archive cannot be 2000 years old since there was no paper at the time.
    2) Japanese did not have a writing system until Chinese characters were introduced. The oldest writing is date back to 5 to 6C. Kanas were invented in 9thC. So the archive cannot be written in kanji.
    3) Tohoku appears in Japanese history around 7th to 9th C. Until then there was no deep connection between thou and Kyoto. So residents could possibly write letters 2000 years ago.
    4) the archive claims that Jesus’s brother isukiri was crucified on behalf of Jesus. There is no such a Hebrew name as isukiri. Probably this was taken after iesu kirisuto, japanized Jesus Christ. Jesus is a Latinized name for joshua (yoshua) which is the real Hebrew name of Jesus. Christ is not a last name, but means annointed. Probably the Japanese were confused it as a family name.

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