Are the Japanese non-religious? Approaching the Japanese view of religion!

The Japanese are often referred to as “non-religious.” But that is a mistake.
It can be said that it is difficult for Japanese people to visualize religion because they live while “feeling” religion rather than consciously “believing” it.
Shinto is the basis of the Japanese view of religion. Shinto is an indigenous religion that has long been rooted in Japan.

Also, the Japanese have long believed in polytheism, “All nature is deities.”

Also, the Japanese have long believed in polytheism, “All nature is deities.”
Therefore, when Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, which originated in India, came into Japan, we realized that we only had more deity to believe in.

Also, in Japan, there is something “like religion”. It’s Confucianism.
The Japanese value courtesy in particular. It is believed that this is due to the great influence of Confucianism.
In addition, there is a variety of honorifics in Japanese. This is because we are strongly aware of the order of older people and younger people. This is also thought to be due to the influence of Confucianism.
And it is also Confucianism to respect the continuity of life passed down from ancestors to offspring and the inheritance of the family.

In Japan, there is a culture that creates philosophy in each field, such as calligraphy, tea ceremony, and Japanese archery.
It can be said that one of the Japanese religious views is to try to acquire spiritual value through artistic and technical methods such as calligraphy, tea ceremony, and archery.

In this way, Japanese people live while feeling various “thoughts”. Therefore, it is difficult to be consciously aware that it is a religion.

The above is the Japanese view of religion.

Author : Yamamoto Wakako

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