Unlike many countries, Japan has a wonderfully relaxed, carefree attitude towards religion. It’s simply not an important aspect of daily life for the majority of the population. Nor does it play any real role in regards politics or public morals. And while temples and shrines may well be everywhere, it’s arguable that for most people, visits are more out of superstition and/or custom, rather than any real sense of spirituality.
Christianity, on the other hand, is a little different. Adherents have actually sought out a religion that is not associated with Japan. A belief system that for a long time was actively repressed, with those outed as followers persecuted, sometimes even killed. Of course that’s not the case now, but Christians still make up less than 1 percent of the population, and as such they have to try a little harder when it comes to finding a place of worship. But churches are out there. They just aren’t always that obvious that’s all. Neither are they especially beautiful.
As much as you see Christianity, particularly Catholicism, in Japanese media you would think the percentage would climb. Just another reason why I love Japan. I’ll make it there some day.
Yes, it’s certainly not something that isn’t mentioned. On the contrary. Even former Prime Minister Taro Aso is a catholic. But like you say, it makes next to no difference.
Isn’t Japan unusual in they often practice several religions depending on what ceremony they’re having? Sometimes in the same day?
They’re more ritualistic and/or superstitious than religious
Yes, that’s very true.
Shinto ceremonies for babies. Christian-style weddings. And a Buddhist send off at death. I think that’s called hedging your bets!
it’s korean CHURCH