IIAS Newsletter 47 Spring 2008

Maintaining 'Japaneseness': the strategy of the Church of World Messianity in Brazil

Hideaki Matsuoka

Japan’s two and half centuries of isolation ended in the middle of the 19th century. Since then, knowledge and activities of Japanese culture, people and religion have spread across the world. The first known incidence of the propagation of Japanese religions overseas was in the 1890s when several schools of Japanese Buddhism began to be practiced in Hawaii on the basis of Japanese migration and settlement there. Thus over a century has passed since Japanese religion began proselytising outside Japan.

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