religion

Religion in Japan is quite unique. Shinto is Japan’s main ethnic religion and majority of the population is believed to worship either Shinto or Buddhism. However, ever since Buddhism arrived in Japan from China, via the ancient kingdom in Korea, there has been a form of cultural-religious syncretism ‘Shinbutsu Shugo’ between Shinto and Buddhism. For this reason, the religious perspective in Japan varies and also unclear. Religious beliefs are considered as the way of thinking and morals in daily life even if you are a non-believer. Religious events, such as visiting shrines on the New Year or commemorate Obon in summer, are cultural rather maintaining their religious roots, and they have become Japanese traditions that passed on to the next generation.