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126.96.36.199.4 Similarities involving Shinto Shrine and Japanese Culture
188.8.131.52.4.1 Kubo's Work
Similarities about Shinto shrine and Japanese culture are summarized by Kubo Arimasa.
"Kubo Arimasa" http://www5.ocn.ne.jp/~magi9/isracame.htm
184.108.40.206.4.2 Structure of Shinto Shrine
The structure of Shinto shrine is more or less as follows from the entrance (Torii Gate)
through the back (Hon-den).
"Structure of a Shinto Shrine in Wikipedia"
On the other hand, the structure of the Tabernacle was as follows resembling Shinto Shrine.
The Tabernacle was the portable temple of the Israelites during the Exodus from Egypt to Canaan.
They enshrined the Ark of the Covenant in the Tabernacle during the Exodus.
Model of the Tabernacle
"Tabernacle in Wikipedia"
220.127.116.11.4.2.2 Torii Gate
Torii gate is more often than not a red entrance gate of Shinto shrine.
"Torii in Wikipedia"
The Israelites painted their lintels and their doorposts with blood of lambs in Exodus.
The upper lintel of Torii gate is a little bit curved as if it were a chain like 2 Ch 3:15-.
*"Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, 'Pick out
and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the
Passover lamb. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood
that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the
blood that is in the basin.
And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning'" (Exo 12:21-22).
*"Also he made in front of the temple two pillars thirty-five cubits high,
and the capital that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.
He made wreaths of chainwork, as in the inner sanctuary, and put
them on top of the pillars; and he made one hundred pomegranates,
and put them on the wreaths of chainwork.
Then he set up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand
and the other on the left; he called the name of the one on the
right hand Jachin,
and the name of the one on the left Boaz" (2Ch 3:15-17).
18.104.22.168.4.2.3 Temizuya (Chozuya)
Temizuya (also called Chozuya) is a purification font placed like Exo 40:7.
"Chozuya in Wikipedia"
*"And you shall set the laver between the tabernacle of meeting
and the altar, and put water in it" (Exo 40:7).
Komainus are statues of in most cases a pair of lions like beside the throne of King Solomon,
rarely a pair of a lion and a unicorn.
As explained before, ordinary shrines have a pair of lions.
However, some authentic shrines such as Shimogamo shrine have a pair of a lion and a unicorn.
The unicorn seems came from the mistranslation of Deu 33:17 in Septuagint or Vulgate.
"Komainu in Wikipedia"
*"The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round at the back; there were armrests on either side
of the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the armrests" (1Ki 10:19).
22.214.171.124.4.2.5 Saisen-bako before Haiden
Saisen-bako is an offertory chest placed before Haiden (oratory) like in 2Ch 24:8-11.
"Saisen in Wikipedia"
*"Then at the king's command they made a chest, and set it
outside at the gate of the house of the Lord. And they made a
proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to bring to the
Lord the collection that Moses the servant of God had
imposed on Israel in the wilderness. Then all the leaders and
all the people rejoiced, brought their contributions, and put
them into the chest until all had given. So it was, at that time,
when the chest was brought to the king's official by the hand
of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much
money, that the king's scribe and the high priest's officer
came and emptied the chest, and took it and returned it to
Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance" (2Ch 24:8-11).
126.96.36.199.4.2.6 Hai-den and Hon-den
Hai-den is literally "pray hall" and Hon-den is literally "main hall."
Hai-den is on this side and Hon-den is beyond it.
Ordinary people can pray at Hai-den but are forbidden to proceed to Hon-den.
Thus Hai-den and Hon-den are separated like the tabernacle (the holy place and the most holy place).
*"And you shall hang the veil from the clasps.
Then you shall bring the ark of the Testimony in there, behind the veil.
The veil shall be a divider for you between the holy place and the
Most Holy. You shall put the mercy seat upon the ark of the Testimony
in the Most Holy. You shall set the table outside the veil, and the
lampstand across from the table on the side of the
tabernacle toward the south; and you shall put the table on the north side" (Exo 26:33-35).
188.8.131.52.4.2.7 No Idol
There is no idol to worship in Shinto Shrine like Judaism.
184.108.40.206.4.3 Priests in Shinto Shrine
220.127.116.11.4.3.1 Tassels of Priests' Garments
Shinto priests's garments have tassels of 20cm length at the bottoms of sleeves.
*"'You shall make tassels on the four corners of the
clothing with which you cover yourself'" (Deu 22:12).
18.104.22.168.4.3.2 Sakaki Sheaves and Ezov
Shinto priests wave sakaki (plant sheaves) in Hai-den to purify.
Jews wave sheaves of plants at Sukkot.
Ancient Israeli priests waved Ezov (hyssop) to purify came from Lev 14 etc.
*"then the priest shall command to take for him who is to be cleansed two living
and clean birds, cedar wood, scarlet, and hyssop. And the priest shall
command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water.
As for the living bird, he shall take it, the cedar wood and the scarlet
and the hyssop, and dip them and the living bird in the blood of the
bird that was killed over the running water. And he shall
sprinkle it seven times on him who is to be cleansed from the leprosy,
and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose in the open field" (Lev 14:4-7).
22.214.171.124.4.3.3 Yamabushi and Tengu
Yamabushi (山伏; literally: one hides in a mountain) is a training priest. Yamabushi may be catgorized as Buddhism but
Shinto and Buddhism are sometimes mixed and Yamabushi is not seen in Chinese Buddhism.
Yamabushi then could be Shinto tradition.
Yamabushi wears a small black box "tokin" on his forehead with a cord and
blows a conch shell horn "hora-gai."
Observant Jews wear small black boxes with cords "phylactery (tefillin)" on their foreheads
and blow horns "Shofar."
These might have come from Exodus.
Yamabushi with Tokin and Hora-gai
Israeli Soldier with Tefillin
*"'It shall be as a sign on your hand and as frontlets between your eyes,
for by strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt'" (Exo 13:16).
*"'You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it,
like the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD.
And you shall put it on a blue cord, that it may be on the turban;
it shall be on the front of the turban. So it shall be on Aaron's
forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things which
the children of Israel hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall always
be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before the Lord'" (Exo 28:36-38).
"Tokin in Wikipedia"
"Tefillin in Wikipedia"
In addition, Tengus would be the supernatural beings in mountains for Yamabushi.
A Tengu is featured by a red face, a long nose, wings, and the black box "tokin" on the head.
It would be associated with Yahweh, Moses met in Mount Sinai.
A statue of Tengu with Tokin
"Tengu in Wikipedia" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tengu
By the way, Tengrism was practiced in Gokturk and Khazaria.
Tengrism respecting Khan Tengri mountain
was associated with Nestorianism.
"Tengri in Wikipedia"
"Gokturks in Wikipedia"
"Khazaria in Wikipedia"
"Khan Tengri in Wikipedia"
126.96.36.199.4.4. Rituals and Customs in Japanese Society
188.8.131.52.4.4.1 New Year Rituals
The Japanese have year end cleaning,
prepare unleavened bread ("mochi") and "osechi" feasts in lunch boxes (as if they would escape)
so as not to cook during the new year holidays.
People have holidays with the unleavened bread traditionally for 15 days, recently about for 7 days and
visit Shinto shrines. (Yet, unleavened bread is sometimes seen in East Asia.)
Herbs may be added to boiled mochi.
Traditionally people eat "rice porridge with 7 herbs" (nana-kusa-gayu) on Jan 15th.
This seems like Passover.
"Mochi in Wikipedia"
"Osechi in Wikipedia"
"Nana-Kusa-Gayu in Wikipedia (Japanese)"
Passover is a Jewish festival begins on Nisan (Abib) 15th.
Nisan is the first month of the ecclesiastical year and
7th or 8th month of the civil year.
The Israelites had to have cleaning before Passover to remove leaven.
Passover is the festival of Unleavened Bread commemorate Exodus from Egypt.
The Israelites and Jews have unleavened bread (matzo) and have to refrain from working.
(In addition to that, Yahweh requested to have bitter herbs.)
"Matzo in Wikipedia"
*"Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,
saying, 'This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of
the year to you'" (Exo 12:1-2).
*"Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire,
with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it" (Exo 12:8).
*"And Moses said to the people: 'Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage; for by strength of
hand the Lord brought you out of this place.
No leavened bread shall be eaten'" (Exo 13:3).
*"Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the Lord.
Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days.
And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in
all your quarters.
And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, ' This is done because of what the Lord did
for me when I came up from Egypt.' It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as
a memorial between your eyes, that the Lord's law may be in your mouth; for with a
strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt.
You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year" (Exo 13:6-10).
*"Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 'Speak to the children of Israel, saying:
"If anyone of you or your posterity is unclean because of a corpse, or is far away on a journey,
he may still keep the Lord's Passover.
On the fourteenth day of the second month, at twilight, they may keep it.
They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
They shall leave none of it until morning,
nor break one of its bones.
According to all the ordinances of the Passover they shall keep it"'" (Num 9:9-12).
*"'Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the Lord your God, for in the month of
Abib the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night.
Therefore you shall sacrifice the Passover to the Lord your God, from the flock and the herd,
in the place where the Lord chooses to put His name.
You shall eat no leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat unleavened bread with it,
that is, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste),
that you may remember the day in which you came out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life.
And no leaven shall be seen among you in all your territory for seven days, nor shall
any of the meat which you sacrifice the first day at twilight remain overnight until morning'" (Deu 16:1-4).
July 15th or August 15th are "obon" and most Japanese return to
their hometowns to hold memorial services for spirits of ancestors.
(Niiname-sai is Imperial harvest festival. )
Sukkot, Feast of booths or harvest festival, begins on Tishrei 15th to commemorate ancestors
dwelt in booths after the Exodus.
Tishrei is the 7th month of the ecclesiastical year (the first month of the civil year).
On the other hand, it was on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Northern Kingdom of Israel by Jeroboam.
Jeroboam was tribe of Ephraim.
*"You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell
in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in
booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God" (Lev 23:42-43).
*"Jeroboam ordained a feast on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the feast that was
in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar.
So he did at Bethel, sacrificing to the calves that he had made.
And at Bethel he installed the priests of the high places which he had made" (1Ki 12-32).
O-Mikoshi (or just Mikoshi) is a portable shinto shrine and its structure is like the ark of covenant.
Each shinto shrine have some o-mikoshis and people carry them and stroll through
their town with shouts and instrumental music in autumn festival.
Sometimes people carry them on shallows of sea and rivers like the Israelites.
Carrying an O-Mikoshi
"Mikoshi in Wikipedia"
Imaginary Drawing of the Ark
Carrying the Ark
"Ark of the Covenant in Wikipedia"
*"Then Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; two and a half cubits was its length, a cubit and a
half its width, and a cubit and a half its height. He overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside,
and made a molding of gold all around it.
And he cast for it four rings of gold to be set in its four corners: two rings on one side,
and two rings on the other side of it.
He made poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with gold.
And he put the poles into the rings at the sides of the ark, to bear the ark.
He also made the mercy seat of pure gold; two and a half cubits was its length and
a cubit and a half its width. He made two cherubim of beaten gold; he made them of one
piece at the two ends of the mercy seat: one cherub at one end on this side, and the
other cherub at the other end on that side.
He made the cherubim at the two ends of one piece with the mercy seat" (Exo 37:1-8).
*"You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying,
'When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan'" (Jos 3:8).
*"David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers,
and Chenaniah the music master with the singers.
David also wore a linen ephod.
Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting and
with the sound of the horn,
with trumpets and with cymbals, making music with stringed instruments and harps" (1Ch 15:27-28).
Bowing is widely diffused in East Asia including Japan to show greeting and respect.
On the other hand, Patriarchs bowed to show respect.
*"Then the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre,
as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day.
So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men
were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from
the tent door to meet them,
and bowed himself to the ground," (Gen 18:1-2).
*"Now Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and there, Esau was coming,
and with him were four hundred men. So he divided the children
among Leah, Rachel, and the two maidservants. And he put the
maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children behind,
and Rachel and Joseph last. Then he crossed over before them and
bowed himself to the
ground seven times, until he came near to his brother" (Gen 33:1-3).
184.108.40.206.4.5 The Name of the Country and the National Flag
Japan had been called "Wa" in ancient times and the name of
the country has changed from "Wa" to "Japan" at the end of the 7th century CE.
However going into details, the original name of Japan is "hi-no-moto" in Japanese language.
"hi" means "sun" or "day" and written as "日" in Chinese character.
("日" came from a pictograph of the sun.)
"no" means "'s" and usually left out in Chinese translation.
"moto" means "origin" and written as "本" in Chinese character.
("木" (tree) came from a pictograph of a tree. "本" represents "root" or "origin" (of the tree).)
"日 in Wiktionary" http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E6%97%A5
"木 in Wiktionary"
"本 in Wiktionary" http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E6%9C%AC
Thus the original name of Japan, "hi-no-moto," means "origin of the sun" or "origin of day."
That's why the national flag of Japan came from the sun.
"hi-no-moto" was written as "日本" in Chinese character (and Japanese).
"日" was pronounced as "ji" or "nit" in Chinese pronunciation at that time
and "本" was pronounced as "pon" or "hon" in Chinese pronunciation.
"hi-no-moto" (origin of the Sun) was written as "日本"
and pronounced as "Jippon" or "Nippon" or "Nihon" in accordance
with Chinese dialects at that time.
Occasionally "日本国" (Japanese country) may be pronounced as "ji-pen-quo"
in the southern area of China,
changed into "Zipangu" in Portuguese by Marco Polo, and "Japan" in English.
As mentioned above, Isaiah prophesied the Israelites should be in the direction of "dawning lights"
(or "in the east")
and it meets the meaning of Japan, "origin of the sun."
220.127.116.11.4.6 Hebrew Words in Japanese Language
Japanese language seems to contain many Hebrew words.
18.104.22.168.4.6.2 The formal name of Emperor Jimmu
According to Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, the formal name of Emperor Jimmu is
This name has no meaning in Japanese language and
even Japanese people can't account for its meaning.
But when it comes to Hebrew, this name has magnificent meaning.
Some advocators such as Kubo Arimasa suggest "Kamu-yamato-ihare-biko-sumera-mikoto" came from
the following Hebrew.
"QMW / YMWth (YH AMWth) / EBRY / BKWR / shWMRWN / MLKWthW" means
Founder / Yahweh clans / Hebrew / Eldest or High / Samaria / Reign or Monarch
They claim "BKWR" and "biko" or "hiko" mean Eldest or High in Hebrew.
"אמות": "AMWth" means "clans" or "people" in
Aramic as in Gen 25:16 and Num 25:15 in the Hebrew bible.
YMWth, then, could be a compound word of "Yahweh (YHWH)" and "Amuth (AMWth)."
On the other hand, "Kamu" could be "KWM," which means "to gather."
Other than that, "שום אל": "shWM AL"
or "שׇם אם": "shYM AL"
means "to put elohim,"
"שומר": "shWMR" means "to guard" in Hebrew
and they could possibly be reasonable in
stead of shWMRWN (Samaria).
22.214.171.124.4.6.3 Yamato Court
"Yamato Court" is the name of Japanese ancient dynasty seen in Yoro code for the first time.
Japanese battle ship Yamato in World War 2 was named after Yamato court.
According to Japanese traditional archaeology, Yamato court may be from ca. 500 CE. through 710 CE.
The meaning of Yamato is unknown, but according to the preceding interpretaion,
it would be "people of Yahweh."
126.96.36.199.4.6.4 Hi-fu-mi prayer
The way of Japanese number counting is, "hi" as 1, "fu" as 2, "mi" as 3, "yo" as 4, "itsu" as 5,
"mu" as 6, "na" as 7, "ya" as 8, "kokono" as 9, "tou" as 10, "mo" as 100, "chi" as 1000.
This system came from "hi-fu-mi prayer" of Shinto.
The prayer is "hi-fu-mi-yo-itsu-mu-na-ya-kokono-tou-mo-chi-.... ."
This prayer has no meaning in Japanese language as
"one-two-three-four-five-..." has no meaning in English aside from just counting.
But when this prayer is read as Hebrew, this prayer shows a highlight scene of Kojiki.
"H YpfH MY YtsYAH MH NENH YQNH thBWA" is
"the beautiful (person) who exit what responded take out come."
It is interpreted as "Who makes the beautiful woman exit?
What was responded to take her out? She comes."
This interpretation meets Amaterasu's reemergence from the rock dwelling, Ama-no-iwa-to.
188.8.131.52.4.6.5 Gion Festival in Heian-kyo
Heian-kyo is the old name of present-day Kyoto.
Heian-kyo started in 794 CE. and it has been the center of Shinto since then.
Heian-kyo is literally "peace city" or "city of peace" like Jerusalem (YRWshLYM).
The Gion Festival started in 869 CE in Heian-kyo.
The Gion Festival is held from July 1 through July 31.
Yamaboko Floats like large brilliant Omikoshis but with
wheels stroll through the streets on July 17 and July 24.
(July 17 (of the Hebrew calender) is said to be the day the Great Flood ended and Noah's Ark landed according to the Old Testament.
Then Gion Festival and Yamaboko Floats could be interpreted celebrating
Noah's survival and Noah's Ark or Solomon's Zion Festival in "1 Kings.")
Gion is often said to be an accent of Zion (Jerusalem).
"Gion Matsuri in Wikipedia"
*"Now Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of
the tribes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel, to King Solomon in
Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the
LORD from the City of David, which is Zion. Therefore all the men
of Israel assembled with King Solomon at the feast in the month of
Ethanim, which is the seventh month" (1Ki 8:1-2).
*"At that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great
assembly from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt, before
the LORD our God, seven days
and seven more days—fourteen days" (1Ki 8:65).
184.108.40.206.4.6.6 Shouts of Folk Songs
Interval shouts of folk songs seem Hebrew.
For instance, typical shouts are Soran-bushi shouts of Hokkaido.
The meanings of these shouts are unknown in Japanese language like in English.
But when it comes to Hebrew, they have useful meanings.
An advocator claims it as follows.
YRNN will sing with joy
tsWED walk march (advance)
LENYYN to the point
SER (in) storm
YshWEH salvation of Yahweh
Another example is "Nagyadoyara" folk song of Aomori.
The lyrics are
The meaning of these lyrics is totally unknown in Japanese language as well.
An advocator interpreted it as follows in Hebrew.
NGYD prince or child
RAH see perceive
NGYD prince or child
shEYR goat (shcYR LEZAZL scape goat)
NGYD prince or child
RAH see perceive
It means then "Perceive child (prince) of Yahweh.
Scape goat child (prince) of Nazareth of David.
Perceive child (prince) of Judah of Yahweh."
220.127.116.11.4.6.7 The Japanese National Anthem "Kimi-ga-yo"
"Kimi-ga-yo" is said to have risen as the Japanese anthem in 1880 CE.
However, the original lyrics of "Kimi-ga-yo" emreged possinly around 800-1020 CE.
in anthologies "Kokin-waka-shu" or "Wa-kan-rouei-shu."
The lyrics are "Kimi-ga-yo-wa, chiyo-ni-yachiyo-ni,
sazare-ishi-no, iwawo-to-narite, koke-no, musu-made."
Kimi (monarch) ga ('s) yo (era) wa (is) chiyo (1000 generations) ni (and) yachiyo (8000 generations)
ni (and) sazare-ishi (small stones) no (are) iwao (rock) to (as) narite (become)
koke (moss) no (is) musu (flourish) made (until).
A classical translation would be "A thousand years of happy life be thine! Live on, my Lord,
till what are pebblesnow, By age united, togreat rocks shall grow,
Whose venerable sides the moss doth line."
On the other hand, some advocators claim an interesting Hebrew interpretation.
QWM koom rise or stand up
GAH gaah rise gloriously
tsYANY tsiyoni Zion's (Jerusalem's)
tsYANY tsiyoni Zion's (Jerusalem's)
shsh sas rejoice
shRYD sareed survivor (chosen people)
YshE yesha (Ysh ish) salvation
ANWsh enosh / human
YHWH yahweh ( or IWARAA (aramic) hebrew Jew)
AWth ot (Ath) sign omen
NLHAthH nali-atah management accomplishment
KL kol all
KNW kano base/ground/land
MWshMEth is female form of MWshME mooshma resound
(MWshME means resound and "th" would be added
at the end of feminine
form pa'al (simple-active) mood
verbs (the 2nd letter is W) like MWshMEth)
"Kimi-ga-yo" then means "Stand up and rise gloriously Yahweh,
Zion's (Jerusalem's population) Yahweh Zion's (Yahweh's Jerusalem's population),
rejoice survivors (chosen people),
Yahweh's omen accomplished,
all over the world."
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