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What do Japanese think about religion?
Shinto, Buddhism and the Japanese belief system. Religion in Japan is a wonderful mish-mash of ideas from Shintoism and Buddhism. Unlike in the West, religion in Japan is rarely preached, nor is it a doctrine. Instead it is a moral code, a way of living, almost indistinguishable from Japanese social and cultural values …
Do Japanese people worship a God?
Shinto (“the way of the gods”) is the indigenous faith of the Japanese people and as old as Japan itself. It remains Japan’s major religion alongside Buddhism.
What religion do most Japanese believe?
Religion in Japan manifests primarily in Shinto and in Buddhism, the two main faiths, which Japanese people often practice simultaneously. According to estimates, as many as 80\% of the populace follow Shinto rituals to some degree, worshiping ancestors and spirits at domestic altars and public shrines.
What do Japanese think about Christianity?
Generally, the Japanese view Christianity as a foreign, western religion. Reader (1993) stated that Christianity is still rather alien to most Japanese. That is why Japanese Christians often feel it hard to reconcile their belief in Christianity with their own cultural traditions.
What do Japanese think about God?
Most Japanese I know say they do not believe in a deity or profess to follow any religion. Yet they go in droves to shrines during O-bon and New Year. Prayers are written on votive tablets at shrines on the eve of important exams, Coming-of-Age Day, a job interview or in the quest for a suitable husband or wife.
Does Shinto have a God?
Shinto has no God. Shinto does not require adherents to follow it as their only religion.
Why did Japan not like Christianity?
Intent to bring Japan under complete control, the succeeding Tokugawa Shogunate further hardened the country’s anti-Christian stance, accusing the religion of obstructing the authorities, antisocial behavior and intolerance towards the established religions.
Do Japanese like Christianity?
At the same time, most Japanese people have little or no interest in the Christian faith per se. Again, they do not critically reject Christian teachings after thorough study; they are simply not interested and never bother to find out. Japan is home to numerous schools founded by missionaries and other Christians.
What is the main religion in Japan?
The predominant religions in Japan today are Shintoism and Buddhism, although most Japanese who are religious don’t subscribe to any one religion. Most Japanese who do believe in God share a blend of religious beliefs and religions, none of which are Biblical Christianity.
Do Japanese people believe in Shintoism?
Yes. A lot of Japanese people go to shinto shrines, but we don’t believe in any shinto gods. We know gods do not exist! Most Japanese people are not interested in any religion. We Japanese can’t understand religious people like Christians living in America or Muslims.
What percentage of the Japanese do not believe in God?
According to Norris and Inglehart (2004), 65\% of those in Japan do not believe in God. According to Demerath (2001:138), 64\% do not believe in God and 55\% do not believe in Buddha.
Can two religions coexist in Japan?
Since then, the two religions have been co-existing relatively harmoniously and have even complemented each other to a certain degree. Most Japanese consider themselves Buddhist, Shintoist or both. Religion does not play a big role in the everyday life of most Japanese people today.