Weird Japan: the tomb of Jesus Christ and Isukiri’s Creed

The apparent final resting place of Jesus Christ in Shingo Village, Aomori Prefecture, Japan

[Like before, the usual disclaimer: I describe weird things in Japan, not weird things about Japan. This week, I’m traveling so I don’t have time for any rigor-ish research, but just google “tomb of jesus christ shingo.” It’s the bizarre intersection between the occult fascination of a Japanese “new religion,” the credulous hucksterism of a small-time mayor looking to boost his isolated village’s image, and the indifferent villagers (only one of whom is Christian) who put up with the odd tourist in exchange for a little spare commerce. And if it isn’t obvious, Isukiri’s creed is my fictional creation]

And to the left… the final resting place of Jesus’s younger brother Isukiri, I guess?

I believe in God,

the Father Almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ,

His only <first> Son,

our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

<and in his second son, Isukiri,>

<who> suffered under Pontius Pilate <in Jesus’s place,>

was crucified, died and was buried;

He descended into hell; <*record scratch* boring!>

Yep.

<Jesus fled across Siberia to Japan,>

<where he studied the mysteries of faith>

<and married blessed Miyuko,>

<who begat him three daughters,>

<and died in peace at the age of 106.>

<He was buried along side Isukiri>

on the third day He rose again from the dead; <Nahhh>

and ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

<and on the left, loyal Isukiri.>

From there He <They> will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Holy Catholic Church, <the inquisitor said I had to strike this>

the communion of Saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, <meh.>

<Isukiri’s martyrdom,>

and life everlasting.

(I cannot overemphasize this mindless word:)

Amen.

Despite the sensational claim, a tractor goes by and life goes on…

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