I came across a column in the Ashland Daily Tidings about a legend in Japan that Jesus lived part of his adulthood there, returned to Jerusalem, had his brother die on the cross for him, then returned to live out his life in Japan. Allegedly he’s buried in the Aomori Prefecture area of Japan.

The legend fills in the 18-year gap the Bible leaves in Christ’s life. At age 12, he is confounding the priests in the temple with his knowledge. Then he disappears until age 30, when he begins his ministry. The legend says that Jesus came to Japan at age 21 to study Oriental philosophy and theology. After a decade, he returns to Jerusalem and begins to teach and heal the people of Israel. His ministry brings him into conflict with both the Roman and Jewish authorities. He is arrested, tried and sentenced to death. But, because of mistaken identity, his brother is the man crucified by the Romans.

Christ settled in an isolated valley in northern Honshu, far away from the powerful Shogun in Edo (Tokyo). He first came to Japan about 25 B.C., during the reign of Emperor Suinin. He had lived and studied in Toyama Prefecture, west of the capital city, and knew first hand the brutal power exercised by the Shogunate. He found tranquillity and safety in the remote valley.

Intrigued, I searched for more information and came across this interesting tidbit…

Takeogokoro also taught Jesus ancient Japanese magic tricks and several accounts list these tricks as being able to conceal yourself, to jump high into a tree and to throw a bamboo pole into water and walk on it. The Shinto priest, pleased with Jesus, gave him an ancient sword, bid him farewell and sent him to see the emperor.



  1. Carl Trimble says:

    Strictly for my ninjas.

    Numb-chucks don’t kill people, Ninjas kill people.

    Jesus is my homeboy.

    Jesus walked on water, Chuck Norris walked on Jesus.

  2. Pedro says:

    Does this have anything to do with the Georgia University ninja thing?

  3. Chris says:

    “Lamb” by Christopher Moore. Give it a read. That’s all that I can think of when I read things like this.

  4. kris says:

    Yes! Tengu Long Nosed Goblin! Aha!!!
    No proof, no evidence & just piece of legends that missionaries want to bring in Japan!

  5. American Soldier says:

    Oh my, the lengths people will take to discredit Christ dying for our sins.

    Tsk….tsk….

  6. Duke says:

    Hey Zeus, I like him berry much, but he no help me hit the curb ball

    Sincerely

    Pedro Sorano

  7. Lindsay says:

    Priest : “Jesus Christ died for our sins”

    Kurgan : “That shall be His undoing.”
    “Nuns. No sense of humor.”

  8. Sean says:

    No proof, no evidence & just piece of legends that missionaries want to bring in [Insert your country here]! :)

    - Sean

  9. 2xBob says:

    Take that Da Vinci Code. I’ve heard plenty of stories and theories but never have I heard this. I need this in action figure form.

  10. James says:

    Yeah, and theres totally so much proof for what the bible says… It’s not that much of a stretch once you’ve gone as far as the bible has.

  11. Jesus says:

    Oy gevald goyim! Maybe you’d have to be meshugina or have serious chutzpah to place your faith in such baseless claims, but hey one tires of schvitzing while starving and walking through the desert. Everyone needs a holiday.

    But really, if one were to fervently believe in what the YEC’s profess out of truthiness, where’s the difficulty for hopeful objective thinkers to believe that they’d try to pass this off as truth to get more asses in seats which equates to more gelt/power for them? That’s their shtick and it’s served them quite well so far. Just look.

  12. joshua says:

    This explains his fishes and loaves miricle……it was his love of sushi that caused him to do it.

  13. Tod says:

    makes about as much sense as the rest of the mythology…

  14. doulos12 says:

    Ironically, Thomas “The Twin” disproved this one: “Show me the wounds on His hands, feet, and side.” If Jesus’ twin died for Him, He wouldn’t have the wounds, inless his sword slipped….

  15. Peter says:

    Hey I just thought that you should check the dates I mean 25 b.c um Christ died when he was thirty something around A.D 30-33. You do the math.

  16. Renae says:

    I am age 12, and it sounds like that article was wrote by a comedian, seeking attention because their own performance sucks.

  17. Veronica says:

    If Japan believes in Jesus Christ they would have to convert to Catholicism under the Pope (Benedict XVI) and accept higher moral, standards e.g Chastity and Celibacy for Priests and Nuns and not too much sex in marriage.!

    cut down on motor car production!

  18. Unclever title says:

    Well there’s also the legend that Jesus met with Buddha. But they were around in different time periods, so… no.

    This one? Yeah… well… No…

    It just doesn’t fit in with the rest. Sorry, Jesus was not a ninja. I’m pretty sure it’s explained right here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOHP1OWgJ3k&feature=related
    copy and put in address bar.

  19. JesuzLovaLOL says:

    Jesus was the coolest wizard ever. He was a ninja too, he like stole food and stuff and gave it to the peoples. He was a ninja for the people…Like Zorro, that one Mexican guy with the hat and the cool mustache and soulpatch, but unlike Zorro, Jesus wasn’t much of a ladies man. No one liked the beard or his dress, but he didn’t care, because he was cool like that. He knew he was a ladies man in his HEART. Therefore, that’s why he practiced his magics and ninja skills, for the ladies. God RULES!!!! That is all.

  20. nat90 says:

    Ninjas are awesome.

  21. I don't think so says:

    Yeah, actually if you gave a shit about Japanese history you’d know that shoguns didn’t exist until the twelfth century. Edo Wasn’t the capital until 1600. If you’re going up a story about Jesus, make sure the plot is continuous!!1!1