Monday, September 11, 2006

The Japanese Jesus trail

By Duncan Bartlett
BBC News, Japan

A Japanese legend claims that Jesus escaped Jerusalem and made his way to Aomori in Japan where he became a rice farmer. Christians say the story is nonsense. However, a monument there known as the Grave of Christ attracts curious visitors from all over the world.

The Grave of Christ has become an international tourist attraction
To reach the Grave of Christ or Kristo no Hakka as it is known locally, you need to head deep into the northern countryside of Japan, a place of paddy fields and apple orchards.


However the legend of Jesus the rice farmer does not stretch back very far. It only began in the 1930s with the discovery of what were claimed to be ancient Hebrew documents detailing Jesus' life and death in Japan.

Those documents have now mysteriously disappeared and the grave has never been excavated. ...
Why is it that all the really interesting ancient Hebrew documents always disappear mysteriously?

(In case a search-engine refers someone here who isn't used to my sarcasm, I'll speak more plainly. Jesus never went to Japan and there probably weren't any Hebrew documents. If they existed at all, which I very much doubt, they were fakes. I'm sure it's a fun story though.)

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