Jews and Japan

Jews, more accurately Israelites (i.e., the Northern Kingdom), may have been early immigrants to Japan. Israelite religion may have helped form Shinto (Japan's national religion) and even influenced the first emperor.

Not only are there many Japanese words with no etymological roots in the Japanese language, thousands appear to be Hebrew. For example:

    Daber (Hebrew): to speak
    Daberu (Japanese): chatting

    Goi (Hebrew): a non-Hebrew or foreigner
    Gai'Jeen (Japanese): prefix for a foreigner, a non-Japanese

    Kor (Hebrew): cold
    Koru (Japanese): to freeze

    Knesset (Hebrew): Parliament
    Kensei (Japanese): Constitutional


But wait! There's more:

The first known king of Japan was named Osee, c. 730 BCE. This king has been identified with the last king of Israel, Hoshea, who died around the same time.

The holy Japanese shinto temple strongly recalls the ancient holy Israelite temple.

Even Japanese carts, in some regions, share no commonalities with normal Japanese carts, but do with Israelite carts.

Where are the Ten Lost Tribes?

Shinto from Israel?

Many of the traditional ceremonies in Japan bear striking resemblances to Israelite religion and there are DNA similarities that indicate the Lost Tribes of Israel came to ancient Japan or, at least, substantial populations from the Northern Kingdom.

Did the 10 Tribes of Israel travel the Silk Road to China and Japan? There are ancient Jewish communities all along this trade route.

Do they reenact the Akeda (at least until the Meiji restoration)?

Is the crest of the Japanese royal family of Israelite in origin?

Do some of their priests lay (head) tefillin and blow a sofar?

And do Shinto ceremonies reenact the entry of the ark into Jerusalem?

Do Shinto priests wear tsitzit?

Israelites Came to Ancient Japan

The Mystery of the Jews of Japan