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The Old Capital was Built by Ancient Eastern Christians
Kyoto in Autumn
Kyoto was built by the ancient Christians Hata Clan
Kyoto had been the capital of Japan for more than 1000 years (794-1869 A.D.). In those days, Kyoto was called Heian-kyo, meaning city of peace, which was the same as Jerusalem which means city of peace in Hebrew.
Emperor Kanmu (737-806) decided to move the capital to Kyoto, when the Hata clan, who had been serving Emperors, helped building the Heian-kyo capital with all their wealth, technologies and loyalty.
The Hata clan was a large group of ancient immigrants to Japan originally from today’s Xinjiang-Uygur Autonomous Region, moving through China and Korea. They immigrated to Japan in the 3rd -4th century A.D.. They numbered 18,670 people in the 5th century and increased more later. Researchers say that the Hata people were originally a part of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel who converted to ancient Eastern Christianity when they had lived in the Xinjiang-Uygur Autonomous Region.
The homeland of the Hata clan in the Xinjiang-Uygur Autonomous Region was called Yuzuki near Iri River. In that region was the place Yamatu. A Jewish researcher Joseph Eidelberg says that the name Yamatu came from the Hebrew word Yah-Umato which means God’s nation or Yahweh’s nation. Yamatu later became Yamato, old name of Japan.
The homeland of the Hata Clan, Yamatu
(Xinjiang-Uygur Autonomous Region)
In Kyoto’s Heian-kyo, the Hata people mainly lived in Uzumasa area (today’s Ukyo-ku district). Professor Yoshiro Saeki, who was a famous scholar of the Nestorian Christianity, thought that the name Uzumasa had come from Ish-Mashiah, which meant Jesus Christ in Aramaic, the language that the ancient Eastern Christians used.
The Hata Clan and their Christianity
The Hata Clan was ancient Israeli Christians, and they brought Christian faith into Shinto, the traditional religion of Japan, as follows:
Tripod symbol of God’s Trinity at Kaiko-no-Yashiro
In Uzumasa area, Kyoto city, the Hata people built Kaiko-no-Yashiro Shinto shrine, in which there is the symbol of their faith, called Mi-Hashira Torii, which is a tripod comprised of 3 Torii gates and it looks a triangle seen from above. Shinto scholars say that this Mi-Hashira Torii is the symbol of Zoka-Sanshin (Three Gods of Creation).
The Shinto’s Three Gods of Creation came from the Christian faith of God’s Trinity. The first god is called Ame-no-minaka-nushi, which means in Japanese the Lord who sits at the center of heaven, representing Christianity’s God the father. A Shinto scholar Ikarimaru Watanabe (1837-1915) wrote that Ame-no-minaka-nushi is the same as the Biblical God Yahweh.
The second god is Takami-musuhi which, according to Shinto’s ancient documents and the book written by a Shinto scholar Yoshisada Amabe, is the son of Ame-no-minaka-nushi. Thus, Takami-musuhi represents God the Son, Jesus Christ. And the third god is Kami-musuhi, which is the divinity who prevails among believers on earth, representing God the Spirit (Holy Spirit). Thus, the Hata Clan’s Mi-Hashira Torii is the symbol of God’s Trinity.
Today’s Shinto is often said to be polytheism. But according to the book of Yoshisada Amabe, ex-Shinto priest of Kono-jinja shrine, Shinto religion before the 8th century A.D. had been monotheism, belief in One God.
Gion Fesival and Yasaka-jinja shrine
Kyoto is famous for its Gion Festival, which the Hata Clan began after the Heian-kyo capital had been built. The main event of Gion Festival is held every year on July 17th, which represents the day when the ark of Noah rested on the mountains of Ararat (the 17th day of the 7th month, Genesis 8:4).
The Hata people began the festival in the prayer that any pestilence might not occur among the nation. This was the same as the Israeli king Solomon who began festival (in the 7th month) in Jerusalem just after completion of the Holy Temple construction, with his prayer that any pestilence might not occur among the nation (I Kings 8:37). It was Zion Festival. Rabbi Marvin Tokayer says that this Zion Festival might become the Gion Festival in Japan.
Gion Fesitival is hosted by Yasaka-jinja shrine, which the Hata Clan built. Joseph Eidelberg interprets that Yasaka came from the Hebrew-Aramaic word Yah-sakka, meaning faith in God.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shinto shrine in Kyoto city (Fushimi district) was founded by the Hata Clan. The shrine is the head of all Inari shrines all over Japan. The Inari shrine publishes the Inari God Document, on which is written “Look, God is one, and has no form. He is the Spirit…”
A special feature of this Inari shrine is its red Torii gate. It is said that color red represents the red color of the blood applied to the house entrances of ancient Israelites at the night just before their exodus from Egypt.
Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine
At Inari shrines you may often see fox statues, but these fox statues were brought by a monk Kukai (9th century A.D.) and before him, there were no such statues.
Researchers say that the word Inari came from INRI, which were the initials of “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” in Latin written on the head of Jesus on the cross. Since there was no letter representing “N” sound in ancient Japan, the Hata clan used “Na” (of Nazareth) instead of “N”, and called it INaRI.
In fact, in the times of Heian-kyo, streets of old Kyoto city were in a grid pattern, which was different from today’s one. The pattern consists of rectangle and square districts. If you see only rectangle districts, you will see a T-shaped cross, on which Jesus was crucified. At the location of Jesus head was the emperor’s palace.
Above the location of Jesus head is Mt. Funaoka, an elevated hill which was the landmark used to determine the location of the main street of the city. On Mt. Funaoka is the original INaRI shrine, which is small but older than Fushimi Inari shrine. The original INaRI shrine is located at the very place of INRI plate of Jesus’ cross.
The Hata Clan usually built Shinto shrines, which were actually Christian Shinto (Shinto means the way of God) worship places or churches. But in Kyoto city there is also a big Buddhist temple built by the Hata people, namely Koryu-ji temple (Ukyo-ku, Uzumasa. Built in 603A.D.). Today’s Koryu-ji looks quite like Buddhist’s; however, it was in old times very different from Buddhism.
In around 1800 A.D., a scholar Kinjo Ota visited Koryu-ji and said, “This is not a Buddhist temple, but it seems it is a Nestorian Christian temple.” In fact, Koryu-ji in old times was called Hachioka temple. It is said that the name Hachioka came from Pharsikhok temple, which was the name of Nestorian church in old China, meaning Persian church.
Maitreya Buddha and Orthodox icon of Christ
The shape of their hands means the faith in God of Trinity.
Koryu-ji has the statue of Maitreya Buddha that a leader of the Hata Clan, Kawakatsu Hata (7th century) , treasured. The nature of the statue is at the shape of his hand. The Maitreya’s right hand has 2 fingers touching each other, forming a triangle, and the other 3 fingers stretching. This is the same as the hand symbol that Eastern Christians, including Nestorian Christians, often used to express faith in God of Trinity. The same hand symbol is seen at many paintings of Nestorians and Eastern Christians.
The faith in Maitreya Buddha was born when the apostle Thomas went to India and preached the Gospel of Christ. The idea of Christ (Messiah) came into Large Vehicle Buddhism, and Christ of the time of his second coming in the future was called Maitreya. Thus, the Hata Clan had been worshipping Jesus Christ, treasuring the statue of Maitreya.
Next to Koryu-ji temple is a well called Isarai, which meant Israel in old China. It was Jacob’s well or Israel’s well. It is said that there were 12 such wells in that vicinity in old times. Also next to Koryu-ji is Ohsake-jinja shrine. It is small today, but it was a big shrine in old times. The original inscription with Chinese (Kanji) letters of Ohsake was Davi, which meant David in old China. So, it was David Shrine. Israeli king David was an excellent player of harp and dance, and Ohsake-jinja calls him the ancestor of orchestra and dance. Jesus was called the coming David in the Old Testament. Thus, Koryu-ji and Ohsake-jinja were originally a church and worship place of the Christian Hata people.
Matsunoo-taisha Shrine (Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto city), founded by the Hata Clan, has many believers of Japanese sake (rice wine) makers. Since there were no grapes to produce wine in Japan, the Hata people invented rice wine, because wine was indispensable in worshipping at the ancient Israeli temple and Shinto shrines. Matsunoo-taisha has a legend that water turned into rice wine overnight. It is much like the story of Jesus who turned water into wine at a wedding night.