Ancient Manuscript Claims Jesus of Nazareth Lived in a Japanese Village for 106 years

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The burial ground to what some claim is Jesus' final resting placeJensen Walker/WIKIMEDIA

According to a mysterious Japanese manuscript called the Takenouchi documents, everything we know of Jesus Christ is wrong. The documents state that Jesus visited Japan when he was twenty-one to study theology from a Shinto priest.

Upon landing on the western coast of Amanohashidate, Jesus became a disciple, and from his Shinto master, he learned the Japanese language and the culture. For 12 years, Jesus remained a student until his return to Jerusalem at the age of 33. Seemingly, these 12 years took place in the New Testament’s missing years of Jesus’s life.

The Takenouchi manuscripts written by a man called Takenouchino Matori are believed to have been written 1500 years ago. The documents are said to be kept by the Takenouchi family, who are the descendants of Takenouchino Matori. The texts speak of an ancient world that evolved in four stages from around 300 billion years ago.

Return to Japan

Jesus, according to the documents, escaped the Roman persecution by trading places with his brother Isukiri who was crucified in his stead. Though Jesus had cheated death, he was a condemned man. With only a lock of his mother’s hair, the Virgin Mary, and his brother’s ear as possession, Jesus fled from the Roman authorities and sought refuge in the eastern country whose language and culture he had already mastered.

After great suffering that included trekking thousands of miles that took him to Siberia and Alaska, Jesus made it to the hilltop village of Shingo, where he settled as a garlic farmer and raised a family until his death at the ripe old age of 106. 

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The village of Shingo is in the Aomori prefecture in the northern Japanese region of Tōhoku and has a population of about 2400 people. Shingo, or Christ’s hometown as the locals call it (Kirisuto no Sato), receives about twenty thousand pilgrims annually, the tomb of Jesus being the main attraction.

The visitors pay a $0.74 entrance fee to visit the museum dedicated to Jesus’s life in Japan and participate in a festival held in his honor every spring. Though there is no mention of what became of the hair lock, the ear of Christ’s brother is buried in a nearby grave.

Japan’s history of persecution

Though the Japanese people predominantly practice Shintoism or Buddhism, only one percent of the population regards themselves as Christians. However, the Christians in the country have been historically persecuted. For instance, between 1617 and 1632, more than 200 indigenous Christians and missionaries were killed, while the persecution of the Christians continued well into the 19th century. In addition, the Catholic Church has recognized the beatification of more than 400 Christian martyrs in Japan, while 42 have been canonized as saints.

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Despite different theories about Jesus in Japan, there is no scientific method to confirm or refute the Japanese claims. The body in the alleged Jesus tomb was not exhumed for testing, and the original Takenouchi documents were destroyed during World War II.

Although there are no specific doctrinal views of Jesus concerning Judaism, Jesus is a central figure to Christianity, while Islam regards him as a blessed and honored prophet. Nonetheless, the legend of Jesus in the Takenouchi manuscript, as baffling as they are, portrays Jesus’s life in the village as one spent serving humanity with kindness and humility.

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