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.
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.
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.
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”).
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.