Hey, I am curious, what religions are dominate in Japan? I've heard of Taoism, but that's about it.
"Most Japanese people do not believe in any one particular religion; instead they incorporate the features of many religions in their daily lives in a process known as syncretism. Many people, especially those in younger generations, claim to feel that the religions in Japan are part of the traditional culture. Shinto and Buddhist teachings are deeply entangled in Japanese everyday life, though the Japanese people themselves may not be aware of it. Generally speaking, it can be difficult for westerners to disentangle "real" Japanese religion from everyday superstition and rituals; most Japanese people do not often give the distinction much thought.
One of the main characteristics of Japanese religion is its tendency towards syncretism. The same person may have a wedding at a Christian church and have a funeral at a Buddhist temple. Japanese streets are decorated on Tanabata, Obon, Halloween and Christmas." Wikipedia/Subject Religion in Japan
Interesting, I'll have to read in Wikipedia more about it.
I know it's minuscule but isn't there some Christianity in Japan?
I think Confucianism is also common in Japan, as well as Buddhism. But isn't there also a religion called "Shintoism" there? I've read it in a book about religions. I've read that Shintoism is the most common religion in Japan.
Learning the definition and origins of syncretism would be the best start, then moving down the line would be the second move. Christianity has spread to nearly all corners of the world and Japan was certainly one of the countries involved.
"Shintoism: Indigenous religion of Japan, based on the worship of spirits known as kami. Founded in 660 BC, at the time of Buddhism, it was Japan's state religion until 1945.
Confucianism, although not practiced as a religion, has deeply influenced Japanese thought. In other words, Confucianism is the practice of proper forms of conduct, especially in social and familial relationships." - Wikiwiki baby
^_^ my Japanese teacher told me that most don't really know what religion they are. Shintoism and Buddhism are so apart of who they are, that it's not considered a religion, but a way of life.
But that doesn't mean you can really talk about religion openly! Japanese don't like to talk about such personal things publically. So if you want to ask, be sure you're close enough to them as friends so they don't get offended..