Talk:Christianity in Japan

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Too much information on denominations[edit]

There is too much detail on the actual beliefs of different sects; nearly half of the jehovah's witness section was summarizing their theology, something best left to its own page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 96.52.252.168 (talk) 05:36, 18 March 2011 (UTC)

Christianity in Popular Culture[edit]

I feel it is important to stress the influences Christianity has on weddings. It is becoming increasingly more common to have a "Christian" wedding for the sake of an extravagant ceremony. Furthermore, much like Las Vegas, USA has Elvis; Japan has wedding chapels with Christian "priests". This "priests" are nothing more than government officials certified to oversee a marriage. Since I don't have credible research materials, and I don't live in Japan, would anyone be able to add some credible material? 63.161.86.254 (talk) 15:03, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Not to mention the influence on music and art. Some articles state that Gospel music is popular in Japan[1]. About the wedding thing, there is already a Wikipedia article on it: Western Style Weddings in Japan. A quick google search brought up a few articles as well: BBC News Faking it as a priest in Japan, Japanese prefer Christian weddings, "Christian" marriages increasingly the norm in Japan, Western Style Weddings in Japan --Azure Shrieker (talk) 15:47, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
While I think it is important to indicate how Christianity has impacted Japan (or Asia in general), I feel that the scope of the article should mainly be on actual Christian practice in Japan. As Azure Shrieker generously indicated, there is already an article on the Christian weddings. As far as music and art go, I'm not aware of an article on Christian popular media in Asia (or something along those lines). That could potentially be a very interesting article considering the secular nature of Asia. My only concern would be to limit the amount of original research. --JadeFox (talk) 13:56, 10 April 2008 (UTC)

Suppression[edit]

surely some mention needs to be made of the bloody suppression of christianity under, i believe, the second tokugawa shogun, circa 1630.Toyokuni3 (talk) 20:12, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

Done. Added section on Religious Persecution.122.1.97.94 (talk) 01:39, 20 October 2009 (UTC)

Wasn't Hepburn first?[edit]

Divie Bethune McCartee was the first Protestant Christian missionary to visit Japan in 1861-1862.

The article on James Curtis Hepburn says "in 1859, he decided to go to Japan as a medical missionary". Next year we're celebrating the 150th anniversary of Protestant Christianity in Japan, dating that from the arrival of Hepburn. Lathos (talk) 11:54, 15 June 2008 (UTC)


Yes, he was first. I have made the appropriate changes. Modified McCartee to read

Divie Bethune McCartee was the first ordained Protestant Christian missionary to visit Japan in 1861-1862.

I assume as Hepburn was a physician and not a cleric that he was not ordained. Jawadbek (talk) 11:30, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

Notable Japanese Christians[edit]

Shouldn't Chiune Sugihara be mentioned here? Saving 6-10 thousand people is definitely 'notable' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiune_Sugihara —Preceding unsigned comment added by Whitelaughter (talkcontribs) 03:46, 15 August 2010 (UTC)


Agreed, added content from Wiki article. More references are needed however.Jawadbek (talk) 11:39, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

Japan[edit]

The Japan have 509,668 Catholics, the Japan have 509,668 Protestants. The Roman Catholicism in Japan have references, the Protestants no. Someone might find the references to the Protestants? Sorry my bad English. Bruno Ishiai (talk) 22:33, 2 November 2010 (UTC)

WPJ Question[edit]

Just curious here, but why is it that this article "does not require a rating on the project's quality scale"? Boneyard90 (talk) 23:16, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

I know I'm just redirecting you, but you might be more likely to find an answer at WP:WikiProject Japan since they are the ones doing the rating. Alternatively, you might find some explanations in the WPJ banner's links, above.
-- Joren (talk) 10:51, 6 January 2011 (UTC)
Fixed. Someone just tagged it that way inadvertently, I'm sure. ···日本穣? · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WikiProject Japan! 05:41, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

Possible vandalism?[edit]

I noticed the top of this page reads the line "OLIVIA WAS HERE!!!!". I am not much an expert on Wikipedia style code, but I doubt that line has anything to do with Christianity in Japan. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 195.241.214.36 (talk) 13:09, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

I'm confused. That vandalism appears to have been reverted (by a bot?) as soon as it was done on the 22nd, but I clearly saw it when I landed on the page today (and did so yesterday from another machine). But now (minutes later) when I go to the page I don't see it. I thought there was something screwed up at my end, but the above comment dated 28th indicates I'm not the only one. Anyone know what is going on? 81.129.212.129 (talk) 06:43, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

Catholics not in communion with Rome?[edit]

I have long wondered whether those Christians who were isolated from international Christianity felt any disconnect when they met their con-freres after the Meiji restoration. A colleague from Japan recently told me that this is indeed the case and that some Christians decided to maintain their own (somewhat syncretic) traditions and not conform to the orthodoxy of 19th century europe. I came to this article to confirm this, but nothing is there. Can anyone provide insight or information? Tibetologist (talk) 18:16, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

Though this is a very old post, for future reference: The page on these people is Kakure Kirishitan. VDZ (talk) 06:41, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

Do not hide the evildoing of the Christian.[edit]

Christianity was prohibited in 1587. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 60.39.36.62 (talk) 13:49, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

1 You hide a slave trade and Christian connection.

2 The destruction of the Shinto shrine and Buddhism temple.

Why do you hide the act of the devil? The Christian is described like a person of the tragedy by this article. 60.39.36.62 (talk) 10:21, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Mormons are not Christian[edit]

Mormons are not Christians. They should not be listed here. Jehovah's Witness are not considered Christian either, at least by the majority of the Christian world. Catholics, protestants, and Eastern Orthodox all exclude those two faiths. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.187.247.161 (talk) 22:08, 3 October 2012 (UTC)