A Surprising Japanese Interpretation of the Lost Years of Jesus Christ

A Surprising Japanese Interpretation of the Lost Years of Jesus Christ


Most Christians believe that Jesus was born and died in the Middle East. However, there is a small group of people in Japan who believe a completely different story.

Some Japanese researchers think that Jesus’ history is different from what is generally believed.  This alternative version of Christ’s story was forgotten until 1935, when Kiyomaro Takeuchi (Takenouchi) reportedly discovered an ancient document in Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan. The text of the manuscript presented a shocking tale. It says that Jesus was buried in Herai Village in the Aomori district in Japan.

Moreover, the document declares that he was buried at the site with his brother. The text looked very authentic and there was no reason to doubt that it could be an original. Nonetheless, the Japanese government decided to ban the document from public view. It became a part of the collection of the museum in Tokyo which was bombed during World War II. All of the museum’s archives were destroyed; however the Takeuchi family had made copies of the ancient text before they informed officials of the discovery. These copies became the gates to a forgotten legend in Japan.

A copy of the document on display in the village of Shingo.

A copy of the document on display in the village of Shingo. ( Check Your Facts )

The Legendary Tomb

One of the copies of the document is now located in a small museum in Shingo Village (traditionally known as Herai) near the famous “Tomb of Jesus.” Analysis of the text proved that it was originally written in ancient Japanese. Nowadays, not many people have enough knowledge on this type of writing to read it themselves, but it is also almost impossible to fake such a manuscript.

Moreover, the first linguistic research proved that the traditional name ''Herai'' doesn't belong to the Japanese language, but it seems to be surprisingly similar to the word ''Hebrai'', meaning ''Hebrew''. In the ancient Hebrew language the word ''Herai'' resembles the phrase ''a mountain''.

"Tomb of Christ" (Shingo, Aomori, Japan).

"Tomb of Christ" (Shingo, Aomori, Japan). ( thor hestnes/CC BY 3.0 )

According to the description posted near the tomb:

''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 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.''

Sign explaining the grave of Christ in Shingo, Aomori, Japan.

Sign explaining the grave of Christ in Shingo, Aomori, Japan. ( Public Domain )

Another Version of the Story

Another version of the story is known from the book Thiaoouba Prophecy by Michel Desmarquet, who tried to find the real story of Jesus in Japan. According to the story he described, Jesus left home at age 14 and arrived to Japan when he was 50 years old. There, he got married and had three daughters. He supposedly taught his rules on living, but it seems that during his travels through Asia, his teachings became more global than before. He reportedly lived in Herai for around 45 years and died there when he was about 100 years old. The Japanese version of his story described his brother as two years younger than him. They were said to be buried at the same site.

Archaeologists have looked for evidence such as bones, teeth, or artifacts, which could suggest the existence of a burial at this place. Unfortunately, nothing like this had been found so far. The burial is located on a mountain and it is shaped by the soil. Nowadays, there are also Christian crosses and other features related to Christian symbolism.

The most interesting evidence confirming the strange connection between the Japanese and Hebrew languages is an ancient song that has been known in Herai for the last 2000 years. It contains the lyrics "Nanya Do Yara Nanya Do Nasareno Nanya Do Yara", which means "What is it? What's happening? What are you going to do?"

According to Dr. Tom J. Chalko, when repeated many times these words have a different meaning. The first part of the song “Na-nee-ya” when translated means "it is ME, Joshua, the child given by Yehova (Ya)". He believes that the song sounds like the Hebrew which is known from texts that may have been written in Jesus’ lifetime.

Who was Jesus in Japan?

It seems unlikely that Jesus really escaped from the Middle East. But, if it was possible, he would perhaps have chosen the same destination as Mary Magdalene. In this case, he would have traveled to southern France and lived there with his family.

Why would have went to Japan? In Asia, there are a few more stories about a wise man from the Middle East who reportedly traveled to the East. He was seen in India, Nepal, and even China. In the Kashmir region, people worship another tomb of a wise man called Jesus. It is almost impossible that so many stories from different parts of Asia don't have any reasons behind them. Especially when it is acknowledged that for many centuries Christianity wasn't a popular religion in Asia.

Christian Martyrs of Nagasaki Japan. (c. 17th century)

Christian Martyrs of Nagasaki Japan. (c. 17th century) ( Public Domain )

However, there must be something more hidden behind this story. It is possible that one of Jesus’ students, maybe even one of his apostles, traveled to Asia. At this point, it is necessary to remember that in ancient times the word ''brother'' could be used if two men were relatives, but also if they had a strong bond as, for example, close friends.

Or were the travelers just Christ’s followers who wanted to share knowledge of their leader? Perhaps they were people who escaped from their homeland after the execution of Jesus because they didn't want to follow his fate? These questions may never be answered…

Top Image: ‘Jesus Discourses with His Disciples.’  (1886-1894) By James Tissot. ( Public Domain )

By Natalia Klimczak


Tomb of Jesus in Shingo Village (Herai) in Japan. The Song reveals the Truth by  Dr T.J. Chalko PhD, available at:

The Japanese Jesus trail  by Duncan Bartlett, available at:

The Little-Known Legend of Jesus in Japan by Franz Lidz, available at:

Did Jesus Christ live and die in northern Japan? by Andrew Pothecary, avaliable at:

The ‘Real’ Jesus Christ Was Never Crucified – A Small Japanese Village Has His Tomb by Alap Naik Desai, available at:

Behold! Christ’s grave in Shingo, Aomori Prefecture by Winifred Bird, available at:


The gospel of Marc which was the first gospel that was written, was written as an allegory, not as a historical biography. All other gospels (over thirty!) were almost all written with the gospel of Marc as inspiration. Sorry to say but... Jesus is a total fabrication...

The New Testament writings represent the very best examples of a preserved ancient historical account. There are more preserved ancient full and partial copies of the gospels that testify to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Some fragments dating back to 70 AD. No other preserved manuscripts pertaining to any other ancient person or ruler or events comes even remotely close to the abundance of preserved written historical evidence we have in the Bible. For example the closest surviving manuscripts which tell of Alexander the great are from 400 years after his death! To dismiss the New Testament writings is akin to dismissing the validity all written ancient history because they are the best examples in the world. Educate yourself.

"... For example the closest surviving manuscripts which tell of Alexander the great are from 400 years after his death! ..." And why is that? Because christians destroyed as much documents as they could from other era's, writers, historians. Important works of famous philosophers, historians and novel/story writers.

The 'resurection' and all other so called 'miracles' of 'Jesus' are just part of an allegorical story! The more 'miracles' a story holds the more it pulls that story into the 'fairy tale' realm...

Christianity actually is: Judaism meets Greek and Roman philosophy for dummies, put in a nice tear jerking, fairy tale-like, Judaist allegory. The main character 'Jesus' is modelled after Socrates who 400 years earlier stated that nothing is worse for the soul than to inflict any other person harm. (See video below.) But 'Jesus' was given many qualities of other popular philosophers of that time.
Here's just one example: somewhere around 400 BCE the Greek philosopher Aristippos spent some time at the court of king Dionysios of Syracuse who was known for humiliating his guests sometimes. Dionysios put the then already famous Aristippos at the 'lowest', least significant end of the table, the furthest away from the king. On which Aristippos sharply remarked: "You wish to make this place more respectable?" Now, does that sound familiar? If not read: Luke 14: 10-11.
On Socrates:

The first reaction to truth is hatred.

Prevention of birth is a precipitation of murder. (we have normalized human sacrifices called abortion)

You cannot parcel out freedom in pieces because freedom is all or nothing.

Truth engenders hatred of truth. As soon as it appears, it is the enemy.

Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

It is certain because it is impossible.

Nothing that is God's is obtainable by money.

What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?

It is certain because it is possible.

The more you mow us down, the more numerous we grow; the blood of Christians is seed.

Tertullian (160-220) said that the Catholic Faith and Jewish power are like the two pans of a pair of scales: as Catholic Faith goes up, so Jewish power goes down, and as Catholic Faith goes down, so Jewish power goes up. But the Faith overtops the power. That is why the primary problem is not the Jews, but the increase or decrease of the Faith amongst men. That is why conspiracies do exist, they have an important part to play and they are not to be merely scorned, but the central problem is men turning away from the true God in his one true Church. In brief -- and here is the crucial point – the Gentiles have only themselves to blame if Jewish power is today so great.


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