November 14, 2007

Are the Japanese actually Jewish? – Looking at the mysterious connections between Japan and Judaism




  1. wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhtttttttttttttt???????the japanese are jewish

    Comment by Anonymous — November 14, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    • hmm, i can’t see any connection between these two races .
      japanese are mangolians , jewish are semites ,and they are decendents of an old race from babylon or mesopotamia ,”actual iraq area ” so
      scientifically there are 5 races or bloods ,
      africans ,caucasians ,semites, arians , and neoderthalians “disapeared long time ago ” .all the rest are a mixture of these races .

      Comment by kamal — October 27, 2010 @ 9:20 am

      • YOU’RE RACIST, JAMAL! ARYAN? WTFrack?!?!?!

        Comment by Nathan Redick — December 7, 2011 @ 9:09 am

      • Race is the most UNscientific thing there is…look it up.

        Comment by edu_cake — December 19, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

  2. Israelites Came To Ancient Japan
    about hata(秦) clan
    The Iroha Syllabary

    a book of ancient Japanese history(ir was bublished in 1911)

    Comment by hoihoi — November 14, 2007 @ 7:21 pm

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  4. I couldn’t understand some parts of this article o.us poetry, but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.

    Comment by Daniel — November 15, 2007 @ 4:26 am

  5. wow this is very interesting, so many similarities that it is no longer considered a coincident.

    Comment by hehe — November 15, 2007 @ 10:08 am

    • hi, i can’t see any connection between japanese and jewish , jewish are semits ,means they are originally from mesopotamia “actual iraq ”
      so semites are : jewish and arabes ,bouth descendents of Ibraham .who has two wives . Sarah who gave birth to Israel ,and Hajar ,who gave birth to Iamail .
      israel is the father of jewish”israelits ”
      ismail is the father of arabs .
      they are cousins .have the same father ibrahim and different mothers.
      therfore ,the origine of the eternal hatered between these two semits ..

      Comment by kamal — October 27, 2010 @ 9:27 am

  6. Interesting Stuff… I’m curious to know what they’ll find in Tokushima…

    Comment by japanqna — November 15, 2007 @ 10:35 am

  7. lol fucking dumb!

    Comment by Mitch — November 15, 2007 @ 10:43 am

  8. […] now apparently Jewish. The video that follows is very informative on what scholars have found and here is a good write up on the events as […]

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  9. wowwwwwwwwwwww..i like this issue..it made my hair rise for awhile..coz really u dont really know wht mysteries lies in all countries..amazing…looking forward for the next part 2..its just sad coz..the part one was cut..the video did not give us the whole conversation when they were already in the studio…keep showing this video plzzzzzzzzz..its amazing…

    Comment by yvemarie — November 15, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

  10. How AMAZING to read! I’ve always been told that I’m an Eastern European jew, and yet, I’ve never understood how I’ve ended up with Asian-like straight hair! Maybe, like I fell in love with a South American, one of my ancestors was Asian!

    Comment by Meredith Fisher Villao — November 16, 2007 @ 6:12 pm

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  12. I have read the story, and saw the video but as an Israeli jew, you have not convinced me. The videos are full of errors. actually, every detail is wrong.
    What a load of nothing.

    Comment by TheTool — November 17, 2007 @ 9:38 am

  13. […] one of  the long Lost Tribes of Israel? Seems unlikely, but according to an interesting post in Oniazuma, the idea is not new, has plausible evidence behind it, and may well be accurate. There are a lot […]

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  14. There were many sephardi jews among the portuguese mariners trading with Japan. The word “Arigato” comes from the word “Obrigado”, which means “thanks”. Some linguistic contribution to the japanese language from sephardi traders is very likely, but the only close connection between jews and the japanese comes from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the long desired weapon to crush Germany (Leo Szilard) came to be detonated.

    Comment by bob — November 18, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

  15. Very kool stuff. But can you upload all your videos on DailyMotion like you did with Part 1 of this? You can zoom Part 1 for full screen, but you can’t zoom Part 2, we have to watch it in tiny.

    Comment by Heero14 — November 21, 2007 @ 9:46 pm

  16. I totally agree with the Judaic connections, and Egyptian/Babylonian connections as well. Recently I did a photo comparison of the Japanese Royal Family, the Tsarist Russian Royal family, and the English Royal Family which allegedly are from the ancient House of David, of Israel.

    But it goes deeper than that, I believe. Japan is known by three names, Neponset, Hehan, and Japan. Amerindian names from only the East Coast of America show the following tribes…Neponset, Niantic, and Shippan, “Where the spirit first rises”, “Where the sun first rises”. We are all the same.

    Comment by Ed Ziomek — November 23, 2007 @ 9:42 am

    • You are so arrogant. I don’t know where you found the “Neponset, Niantic, and Shippan” stuff. But if you really do know a lot about Eastern Asian Culture, you would know that the word Nipon, Nihong, are from Ancient Wu Dialect of Chinese word: 日本, meaning the origin of sun. In Han dynasty(汉朝) of China(2000 years ago), they were called 倭奴(wo nu). The first title of their island Nibon was in Sui dynasty(隋朝), it was believed that the word: origin of the sun was given by chinese since in Japan, people have no reason to say that they are living at the origin of the sun!

      Read some Ancient Chinese history and try to learn some 汉字(Kanji) before posting some of your random thought on the internet! Fuck you!

      Comment by jingxiaoyi荆晓艺 — June 12, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    • You are so arrogant. I don’t know where you found the “Neponset, Niantic, and Shippan” stuff. But if you really do know a lot about Eastern Asian Culture, you would know that the word Nipon, Nihong, are from Ancient Wu Dialect of Chinese word: 日本, meaning the origin of sun. In Han dynasty(汉朝) of China(2000 years ago), they were called 倭奴(wo nu). The first title of their island Nibon was in Sui dynasty(隋朝), it was believed that the word: origin of the sun was given by chinese since in Japan, people have no reason to say that they are living at the origin of the sun!

      Read some Ancient Chinese history and try to learn some 汉字(Kanji) before posting some of your random thought on the internet! You know nothing about Japan or Ancient Asia. You Racist mother fucker! Fuck you!

      Comment by jingxiaoyi荆晓艺 — June 12, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

  17. I grew up Jewish in New York and have always been very fascinated with Japanese culture. Having been exposed to both for the last 15 years or so I must say they are very similar. I am not goign to speak to the validity of this article until more facts are presented but I would certainly believe a connection would be found!

    Comment by beaubaby — November 23, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

    • Too sad, Japanese culture was originated from Ancient China.

      Comment by jingxiaoyi荆晓艺 — June 12, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

      • fuck that. its gene is different, culture is different, from current chinese. instead, it is more like korean, their heritage is actually, and mainly from korea. this could simply be explained mostly their royal family bloodline is from three korean kingdoms. do inform the information in public correctly and right.

        Comment by morp — April 3, 2013 @ 3:32 am

  18. […] lost tribes of Israel settling in Japan, suddenly a lot of my life would make a lot more sense.  Read the report here and tell me if you think this is at all possible or just hogwash.   Some of the facts are pretty […]

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  19. If you are interested in Japanese Genetics also look at

    Comment by oniazuma — November 23, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

  20. […] Link | from Japan Probe […]

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  21. here is another connection, jewish contributed to pornography in the USA and that is why perhaps Hentai literature and films are largely accepted in the japananese society

    Comment by blackmachina — December 14, 2007 @ 4:17 am

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  23. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

    Comment by Idetrorce — December 15, 2007 @ 7:47 am

  24. It’s on the Interent! It must be true! Somebody wrote it down and others cited it and commented and said it was interesting. It has gone from rumor to fact! Repeat often.

    Comment by Who Ha — December 26, 2007 @ 6:50 am

  25. before Japan made korean colony, Korean always memorized Dangun period’s age and ancestor. But when japan administered korea, Japanese upper person said japan have to change korea’s history because Korean nation have pride as a descendant from Dangun. So that times, Japan brunt most of korea’s history books or took away. only the number of books that is about Dangun(korea’s ancestor) was over 200000. Nowadays, by historical material it is more making clear and clear the Fact korea is lost tribe of Israle (Dan). God pursuit True. Not fake. As I say one of the evidence that Korean is dan nation, Sharon flower that showed in bible is Korea’s national flower. no matter how Japan insist they are lost tribe, but That flower can’t find in japan. and That flower can See in the route from Israle to Korea surprisingly. and there are many evidence. even though Japan took out Most of Korea’s material and make history dostortion. but God will judge them. Korean go missionary Work most many in the world (according to Rate-Korea1, as the number of people-USA 1, Korea2) how about Japan? only 1~2% japanese are christain and there is 3000 various superstition. There was holoy spirit in Korean peninsula in 1907. God chosen Korean nation. Korean nation always show what is miracle. Korean got suffering For 100 years currently. As soon as korean got free fom Japan’s colony , USA and russian made Korea divided and there was Korean war and korea became last divied country in the world. and even after that, military power always tried to occupy Korea(south). but See now’s Korea. 11th economic country, during shortest period Korean made miracle. and What World Saw in 2002 world Cup. Japan never accept their fault that They Genocided so many Korean even Japan was colony of Korea for 1500 years in the past. I saw one of the reason why Japan think they are originally Isralli, There was Pattern of japan’s national flower. thare is very BACK-JAE’s national flower. Japan is country that is crried on line Of BACK-JAE (one of the korea’s old country). ◆http://www.ytn.co.kr/_ln/0106_200707280459473647
    This news was from one major Korean publisher. If you can understand Korean, please visit an above site. According to this news, Buyeo tribe (Korean) built a proto-Japanese nation after conquering Waegu.The more interesting thing is that it was proposed by the American scholar, John Carter Kobel. After Gojoseon, Buyeo was established and became divided later; Northern Buyeo and Eastern Buyeo.Buyeo, Goguryeo and Baekje were so close politically and they were the same family. Especially, Baekje was built by Seosono’s party, which failed to get the royal power in Goguryeo. Also, this scholar insisted that Gaya was also builted by Buyeo tribe and
    we have to call not “three nations period,” but “four nations period.”
    This doctrine is actually proved by many remains between Korea and Japan.
    The scholar found out this factors through his study. Somehow, some Korean historians already knew about it and published books. However, this news article says that it was really surprising that the American scholar insisted this.◆

    Comment by losttribeDan — December 27, 2007 @ 10:28 pm

  26. There is probably like 0 japanese that think japanese are jewish or even know anyone thinks they are. It is mostly Israeli officials.

    There is probably 0 people period that think koreans are jewish.

    Im having a hard time grasping how your trying to say that Koreans are Jewish.
    What do Korean Missionaries and Koreans being Christian have to do with Koreans being Jewish. When did Japan’s Military Power try to overtake South Korea. Who talked about some flower pattern in this video? You said absolutely nothing about how restored historical materials that the Japanese destroyed are making it clear that this dangun are Jewish. And your video links talk about the history of Korea which mostly has to do with China. lol

    Why is there always a Korean that wants to compete with every even minor thing that has to do with Japan. I suspect maybe your one of those Koreans that will find anything Japanese and try to compete with it. lol

    Comment by oniazuma — December 27, 2007 @ 10:36 pm

  27. ↑making history distortion is you guys national Project. because you don’t learn Real history. so you can’t talk about this. All of Japanese culture is from Korea. but Everything will be clear, Because There is surely God.

    Comment by losttribedan — December 28, 2007 @ 12:26 am

  28. You guys are same with Romanian Who got stringent Jewish. In western, Jewish got suffering. in East, Korean got suffering. At least, Germany accepted their fault about World War 2 and don’t make history distortion. but How about you guys? You guys even don’t apolize to us. even make history distortion. Even about Sex slavery, You guys never accept that crimial Act. I wanna say One common thing between Jewish and Korean. when there was Black plague and died 1/3 european, European jealoused jewish because only jewish didn’t get that diease because they followed God’s words (always keep clean). so Europen told a lied like Jewish poured poison into a water well and then genocided them. But in East? even You guys genocided Korean in korean peninsula. after There was suddenly earthquake in japan, japanese government told lie like Korean poured poison into a water well and make genocided korean. even Japanese get sin about this and they at least know in this accident over 7000 korean died, they never teach this to their child. God will judge you guys.

    Comment by losttribedan — December 28, 2007 @ 12:40 am

  29. Everybody! Every human! Be AWARE of Jews.

    They can sell everything thing including HUMAN! In the name of GOD, they can sell GOD himself.

    In the name of Christianity, they can exploit, buy and sell everyone’s soul. For example, if you come and watch Korea very carefully; you can know some interesting fact that how more than 75% Koreans are more Christian than Jews and other christians itself. Now, for south korea it’s better to give new name JewKorea. You can see Christianity as the money making process, because many many Koreans are giving 10% of their salary to CHURCH. Be AWARE! Be Conscious of such religious extremist. And very dangerous thing is, you can find many koreans just working for giving money to Church. If you ask to them, then answer is “as much as possible you give more money to church you will go to beautiful country (좋은 나라) after death”. What can be more foolishness than this.
    I know, most of the Christians even don’t know the earth’s geography. So, what’s the bullshit they go on talking for be-fooling and exploiting human. Why they don’t allow human to live easily. Human can live and die without any GOD as well. And one important thing, most Christian are bound to hate other religions. This is very unfair.

    In the world, Korea is second big country for Christian Missionary. This makes me thinking more than hundred times. What happened to Koreans. It’s very funny because they speak the language which is Chinese-based language but later developed by the Buddhists. So, the Korean language is completely different from Chinese in the sense of expression. Korean eats, walks, talks in the Buddhist way; most interesting even Korean christian PRIEST does the same. But they are so much EXTREMIST that they even broke the statutes of BUDDHA in Korea which is not less than TALIBAN who destroyed BUDDHA statutes in Afghanistan. Jews and Muslims are brothers who have been fighting for centuries. So, extremist Jews also have the characters which extremist Muslims have been showing even in America’s twin towers. Muslims destroyed america’s twin towers because America is no more only american’s America. It is completely driven by the Jews so muslims are fighting with America.

    In Korea, I am tired everywhere because everywhere I am disturbed by the Christian because they give brochure, tissue papers and other marketing stuffs for their church. If I don’t want to receive, I should not be forced to take but in a way they force. On the road, inside subway, in many areas you will be encountered by the Korean whose job is marketing for the church. And one thing if you take members to church, then you will receive money from church.

    In house gate also, many times these types of Koreans give ring. One time, two house-hold type of women came and started explaining their Christianity, in korean language, Jesus Christ is also called HanaNim (하나님). I explain the term HanaNim: Hana is a counting unit. Such as for one, two, three… (in Korean language, Hana, Dul, Set…).
    For example ONE DOG in Korean is HANA GE(dog).
    And Nim is used for honorific expression. For example, Mr. XYZ is XYZ Nim in Korean. There was fruit trees inside my house, they told this fruit is given by the HanaNim. They don’t need to explain who gave the fruit in the fruit trees. Whether Chriatian’s God, Buddhist God, Hindu God, Muslim God, American God, Chinese God, Japanese God gives the fruit in the fruit trees does not matter unless the person who provide caring to the tree. Tree also can not alive without human’s caring.

    Finally, Jews have finished their mission in Korea. Japan is their second target.
    All Japanese,……..Be AWARE! ……Be Conscious of JEWs.

    By the way, I am not Japanese, Korean, Jews, or any other national. I am a simple human. I just want to live without disease of Nationality and without Addiction of religions. I am 100% not against JEWS, but certainly I don’t accept the poisons and addiction from Jews and not even from their GODs as well.
    I have nothing against Jesus Christ.

    Comment by Destroy_the_JEW'S-hypocrisy — December 28, 2007 @ 6:33 am

  30. Don’t worry, No matter how Korea send God’s gosple in japan. it is useless for japanese. From early times, Western chrstain tried to let japanese know christains. It is hard to accept it for japanese. japanese are oiginally not interested in religion.

    Comment by losttribedan — December 28, 2007 @ 3:57 pm

  31. the moast funny thing that my dad looks like a japanese and we are jewish i dunno how or where from he got those genes…

    Comment by tony — January 19, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

  32. Dumb ass article. Now jews want to be japanese? LOL

    Comment by DAI — February 9, 2008 @ 11:30 am

  33. Come on everyone. It looks you are brainwashed by your education system both side. Many reason used in your argument is not logical at all, too emotion to be logical.

    Comment by david — February 24, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

  34. . . several outstanding researchers have independantly made the connection of early Hebrew influence upon Japanese society, the language development, similarities in religious beliefs particulalry shintoism and the Jewish faith, and on and on.

    I dont think Japanese are Jewish – but it is indisputable that there is an enromous Jewish influence evident in their language and custons.

    . . . the Jews were among the various peoples who travelled the silk road for trade –

    Japan evidently was the end of the silk road and so it stands to reason that not only peoples from the middle east like Turkey, and peoples as far west as Italy, and Chinese, etc comes to Japan but also Jewish people traelled this route and likely have settled in Japan -as did the veru early Christians (keikyo) from Assyria.

    Japan contratry to conventional Japanese thinking is really not a homogenous nation , but historically quite multicultural.

    Comment by semperfi — February 28, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

  35. We’re all related, because we all come from the two dimwits of Adam and Eve! Yeah! Fattam and Peeves!


    Comment by Monica McGraw — March 8, 2008 @ 9:33 pm

  36. Sorry, but no.

    Comment by KB — April 4, 2008 @ 9:37 am

  37. I was actually raised by a Japanese Buddhist mother from Hawaii and a Russian-Jewish, Irish father from Beverly Hills. Perhaps the similarities between the two cultures is what actually helped me remain sane as I faced such adversity. Let’s just say that I had a very interesting childhood to say the least. If anyone wants to check out my latest article- go to http://www.interfaithfamily.com and type in ‘Matzah Sushi’ in the search menu.

    Comment by Francesca Biller-Safran — April 29, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

  38. wow this is disturbing!

    Comment by The Secret — May 18, 2008 @ 6:48 am

  39. hey lets watch this free

    Its related to This

    Comment by The Secret — May 18, 2008 @ 6:54 am

  40. I have said this in past through other blogs: The theories here sound entertaining, but from my research, some of the ancestors of the Japanese are the Ebionites, early Christians who combined Judaism to Jesus’ principles, as there can be no changes to the Judaic ritual and traditions as seen in the combination of Buddhism and Judaism, as is what eventually happened. The only people that would change for the better were the Christians, who understood principle. Stubborness to ritual and word is historically and factually known to those that practice Judaism, so no, it is not the Jews, in terms of religion, that took the silk road to China and Japan, but Ebionite Christians, completely different people in race and religion, one from Galillee(people descended from Gaul), where Jesus’ word was most influential.

    Isaac Kazansky

    Comment by Isaac Kazansky — June 5, 2008 @ 7:40 pm

  41. I’m of (supposedly) 100% Jewish descent, but if that’s true, it sure would explain why I received a rounding chorus of “MAAAAAAAAJI DE!?!?!? (SERIOUSLY!?!?!)” when I told a bunch of Japanese people that I’m not half-Japanese. I doubt it is, though, since I know quite a bit about Japanese history, dating back to a few thousand BC.

    Comment by Sai — July 1, 2008 @ 2:22 am

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  43. I’m sure all the Japanese will love the idea. I’ve never met a race of self-loathing people more than the Japanese. One year they think they’re related to American Indians, next year it’s the jews. Next year it’ll be aliens.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 24, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

  44. Did you hear the that Japanese royal family just admitted that it is true? They did descend from one of the lost tribes of Israel. The jews believe that the golden calf was destroyed, but it was not. It was brought by the tribe which was shunned and migrated into Japan via the silk road. It is Japan’s holy treasure. The secret to the royal family is that they passed the Hebrew language down through the generations. The reason that the Emperor is called the Sun God is because the Hebrews brought fire to the Japanese island natives. Note that not all Japanese have jewish ancestry. But it is prevalent in the royal family. Gion – Zion. The symbol of Shinto, the royal religion is the Star of David. Also note that the Japanese language is nothing like any other asian language. It has more in common with Hebrew and other languages of the middle east including Turkish. (Same sentence structure.)

    Comment by Nancy — July 11, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

  45. I was fascinated that indeed Japan is one of the Lost Tribe of Israel, yea, that could be true, but thorough researched is what makes it clear Japan a lost descendant of Israel. Seven most economic powerful countries Japan is one of them. USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, France, and Japan and not to mention Russia is also included and later called G8. Why would this Group of Seven Countries leveled Economic Power in the World today? Because of the influence of the Jews of their countries. Could they be a Lost Tribe of Israel? God promised them! Where ever you set your foot will be yours!!! In the Philippines is where one of the Lost Tribe is located but only minority of its vast population. How was it related to Japan, Japanese Jews came to the Philippines to build bunker for the Lost Tribes of Israel. It is where they stored the wealth of Solomon. Now further research should be done to make a strong statement and credible information for all of us who seek to know the truth. Are Japanese a Lost Tribe of Israel? Well, If we know the truth; the truth shall set us all free….

    Comment by Winkiepitz — August 29, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

  46. I majored in Japanese linguistics and I can attest that at least on the linguistic side of things, there is a lot of misinformation on here.

    First, ‘arigatou’ does not originate from Portuguese ‘obrigado’, as someone claimed. It is a polite form of the still-existing word ‘arigatai’ which originally meant ‘rare’ (lit. ari+gatai, ‘exist+difficult to do’) and then by extension ‘worthy of gratitude’. There is an old form of keigo (respectful Japanese) by which adjectives ending in -ai are changed to -oo, for example ‘wakai’ would become ‘wakou’, although this is rarely used anymore. The word ‘arigatou’ was used to show gratitude long before contact was made between the Japanese and Portuguese.

    Secondly, someone noted that ‘ the Japanese language is nothing like any other asian language. It has more in common with Hebrew and other languages of the middle east including Turkish. (Same sentence structure.)’ Japanese syntax is extremely similar to Korean, and they are both vaguely similar to Turkish, Estonian, and other members of the Ural-Altaic language family. This has nothing to do with Hebrew, and Japanese does not have any noteworthy syntactical similarities to any Middle Eastern languages besides Turkish (which is actually Indo-European). It also has other (non-syntactical) similarities to several Asian languages (southeast Asian, Mongolian, Pacific Island, etc.) I don’t think a case can be made that Japanese has a genetic relationship to Hebrew, aside from perhaps a few lexical borrowings.

    Also, the linguistic similarities presented in the video do not have me convinced. It is well-attested that Hiragana and Katakana are originally kanji shorthand, and it is easy to figure out both from historical records and simple observation which kana stood for which kanji. And while I can believe that a tribe of Israelites settled in Tokushima and influenced some aspects of art, religious customs, and vocabulary related to those customs, I find it hard to swallow that this one tribe in Shikoku would change such basic words in the vocabulary as ‘write’ and ‘take’ for the entire nation of Japan. And the word 拍手(hakushu, ‘clap’) is obviously from Chinese – it is written the same in both languages, the first character meaning ‘tap a rhythm’ and the second meaning ‘hand’. In Cantonese this word is ‘paaksau’, in Korean, ‘paksu’.

    When comparing languages, it is easy to fall into the trap of fishing for random similarities and then deciding there are so many that it couldn’t possibly be coincidence. People have made this mistake many times throughout history. It is when there is a systematic pattern to the similarities, and when the similarities are not just lexical but also phonological/syntactical that it is worth our attention.

    In order to test the veracity of this claim of an Israeli tribe in Tokushima, I would research further into the art history of the Hata clan (for more evidence of ‘Western-influenced art’ than a big-nosed mask), language specific to awa-ben (the dialect spoken in Tokushima), and mitochondrial DNA. I’m actually going to be living in Tokushima starting at the end of this month (and very close to the site mentioned – I have friends there!), so I wonder if I can find anything interesting!

    Comment by Brianna — September 12, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

  47. It’s a very strange, but interesting idea.

    Comment by Alex — October 3, 2009 @ 8:57 pm

  48. This website as well as the oniazama (whatever that shithole website is called) is just plain lies.

    I’m of mixed Japanese and Korean ancestry and find that this link between jewish and hebrew with Japanese shintoism and other names is plain bullshit.

    Jews are known for their lies and bullshit propaganda. before you cry nazi and call me an anti-semite, it’s just a laugh that heebz would only prefer to be linked to Japan. Why not say that jews are related to Chinese or Koreans? No?

    Heck, if Japan was a dirt poor country located in Africa with spear chuckers, I doubt they would be claiming that they are a part of that group.

    Again, jewish lies and trying to leach off the Japanese tradition.

    Comment by joo lies — December 17, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

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  50. 1. No one is claiming all Japanese are descended from a lost tribe of Israel. There is a lot of confusion here (and some serious antisemitism). What is being claimed (and is probably true based upon the evidence) is that one clan (the Hata) of Japan are descended from Jews. I believe that the Japanese records say about the clan consisted of about 150 people who migrated to Japan. Not exactly a “lost tribe.” Besides, theres no reason these Jews had to be from a “lost tribe of Israel” in anycase. Its more likely they were Jews from Central Asia or Persia.

    2. If you’re interested in the “lost tribes of Israel” please see this website;


    Most of the tribes seem to be in Afganistan/Pakistan. Apparantly they weren’t really that lost.

    Comment by steve bronfman — December 21, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

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  56. there’s a song, an old tradition song from japan, if we hear / read it using japanese languange, we can’t understand it and if we hear it with hebrew, many thing can be translated (rabbi that study that song claim that he heard many pronounce was said about God sacred name
    ( because since the holy temple in jerusalem was destroyed, jews didn’t use the sacred name of God again, they only use it at the Temple)

    And in the Japanese mythology, Yamasachi-hiko married a daughter of the sea god, and bore a child named Ugaya-fukiaezu. Ugaya-fukiaezu had 4 sons. But his second and third sons were gone to other places. The forth son is emperor Jinmu who conquers the land of Yamato. On this line is the Imperial House of Japan.
    While, what is it in the Bible? Joseph married a daughter of a priest in Egypt, and bore Manasseh and Ephraim. Ephraim resembles Ugaya-fukiaezu in the sense that Ephraim had 4 sons, but his second and third sons were killed and died early (1 Chronicles 7:20-27), and a descendant from the forth son was Joshua who conquered the land of Canaan (the land of Israel). On the line of Ephraim is the Royal House of the Ten Tribes of Israel.
    Thus we find a remarkable similarity between the biblical genealogy and Japanese mythology – between Ninigi and Jacob, Yamasachi-hiko and Joseph, and the Imperial family of Japan and the tribe of Ephraim.
    Furthermore, in the Japanese mythology, the heaven is called Hara of Takama (Takama-ga-hara or Takama-no-hara). Ninigi came from there and founded the Japanese nation. Concerning this Hara of Takama, Zen’ichirou Oyabe, a Japanese researcher, thought that this is the city Haran in the region of Togarmah where Jacob and his ancestors once lived; Jacob lived in Haran of Togarmah for a while, then came to Canaan and founded the Israeli nation.
    Jacob once saw in a dream the angels of God ascending and descending between the heaven and the earth (Genesis 28:12), when Jacob was given a promise of God that his descendants would inherit the land of Canaan. This was different from Ninigi’s descending from heaven, but resembles it in image.
    Thus, except for details, the outline of the Japanese mythology greatly resembles the records of the Bible. It is possible to think that the myths of Kojiki and Nihon-shoki, the Japanese chronicles written in the 8th century, were originally based on Biblical stories but later added with various pagan elements. Even it might be possible to think that the Japanese mythology was originally a kind of genealogy which showed that the Japanese are descendants from Jacob, Joseph, and Ephraim.

    when in assyria, the lost tribes said that they had gone for an half and a year to a place which was unknown. if we calcute (not very exactly but keep proving), every 3 seconds, we can walk for approximately 2 metres, lets multiply with 6 ( hours, i just predicted that in a day the lost tribes walked for 6 hours)then multiply again 365 + 187 (days). we’ve got about 7000-8000 kilometres. and know what? the distance between israel and japan is about 7000 – 8000 kilometres. try calculate by yourself if you don’t believe it.

    ephraim is a mix between jews and egyptian. so the conclusion is ephraim and his brother looks different from the other tribes.

    ephraim is said to worshipping baal UNTIL NOW
    and amaterasu is praised by japanese, and if you look or search more deeply amaterasu resembles baal
    many things similiar, but i think i speak far enough

    sorry if my grammar is bad
    hope you can understand it

    Comment by leehawk — May 30, 2010 @ 6:53 am

    • I was told this too. Some old japanese songs sound like japanese but they’re actually not. Kinda unbelievable but it learned that the japanese national anthem is one of these songs.most japanese I asked if they know the meaning of the song or how much they understand the lyrics by percentage …most of those I asked admitted that they do not understand the lyrics that why they don’t like singing it and even in most japanese schools singing the national anthem is prohibited because they have hewbew translations far from what they think the song have translations in japanese. Interesting, rally,

      Comment by Anonymous — September 1, 2014 @ 7:31 am

      • Really***** typo

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  57. upss i wrongly wrote the formula
    when in assyria, the lost tribes said that they had gone for an half and a year to a place which was unknown. if we calcute (not very exactly but keep proving), every 3 seconds, we can walk for approximately 2 metres, lets multiply with 20 ( make it to be 1 minute ) then multiply with 60 (1 hour) then multiply with 6 ( hours, i just predicted that in a day the lost tribes walked for 6 hours)then multiply again 365 + 187 (days). we’ve got about 7000-8000 kilometres. and know what? the distance between israel and japan is about 7000 – 8000 kilometres. try calculate by yourself if you don’t believe it.

    Comment by leehawk — May 30, 2010 @ 7:42 am

  58. LOL!
    This is hilarious, really pushing the bounds of “related” considering how long ago the land-bridge stopped existing between Japan and the rest of the world.
    In those respects we are all very much descendants of the same people 😛

    Comment by 神戸 三宮 英会話 — October 23, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

  59. Oh and I don’t really think that finding connections in the mythology is enough to correlate a link between the cultures.

    Also, they could easily have been introduced relatively recently and have history re-written by heretics, it wouldn’t be the first time.

    Comment by 英会話 神戸 三宮 — October 23, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

  60. And I don’t think the lost tribes would have been able to walk in a straight line, or over water.

    Comment by 英会話 神戸 三宮 — October 23, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

  61. There really should be an option to edit posts lol

    Comment by 英会話 神戸 三宮 — November 16, 2010 @ 1:22 am

  62. Here’s a book in the making:

    it’s a fund raising website, but the subject is getting more ground

    Comment by Mike L — February 16, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

  63. Hata clan were Koreans not Chinese or Jewish. Korean and Japanese language have same grammar.

    Comment by koreanhataclan1 — March 10, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

  64. >> 63 Dude, Korean language Hangul was invented in 15 centuries much later than Japanese Hiragana and Katakana were invented. And Japanese Kanji is from China.

    Comment by Jewgle — May 10, 2011 @ 3:39 am

  65. It’s a theory that still holds, chronologically, historically, linguistically, and it is starting to make more sense as more information is raised. And Japan is only one example of many that are holding. In fact bloodlines are quickly proving the most effective proof of the migration of people, so there is no way to dismiss or ignore the facts which build the case. Some people think they came from monkeys, its their problem they need to deeply think about on their own, they don’t need to try to prove to us that they came from monkeys.

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  68. For example, Haplotype D, originates only from Tibet and Japan. D & E used to be the same, yet E is somewhat important to Samaritans for example, people who have tried to keep their priestly bloodline, except they lost their high priest bloodline along with current day Israeli Jews, much in line with what God warned about. So what then is D, and where are all the high priests? Practicing Shinto maybe?

    Comment by James Hiroshi Kira — August 16, 2011 @ 4:12 am

  69. This could be very true because my mother told me that when she went to grade school there were few families there that had curly hair and wore tights and that they also wore long skirts, which was against the school rule but they were let off. It seems like my mother believes this and is very interested. I too am very interested about the history of Japanese genetics.

    Comment by ochatani — May 4, 2012 @ 3:06 am

  70. Thanks a lot.
    I completely agree with the fact that Jews and Japans are stricktly connected. I feel it myself and there are strict facts including DNA tests).
    And what is more important for me: they both are “one of the best in our world!”

    I love Jews and Japans (also Jews)!

    Jew-Japanese girl.

    Comment by Anonymous — June 26, 2012 @ 5:16 am

    • You mother fucker, read some history about East Asia. Japanese kanji was from Chinese. Japanese culture was from Chinese 唐 dynasty. Janese traditional dressing was also from 唐朝 of china. There is no relation between japs and Jews!

      Comment by jingxiaoyi荆晓艺 — June 26, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

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  72. @edu_cake

    Not so, the differences between races and ethnicities originating/developed worlds apart are more than skin color. Skeletal and organ shape, sensory differences, and the most important thing suppressed in the West: behavior. Doesn’t mean any one is superior to the other but the notion we are all the same is absurd. It’s based on 20th century junk political science.

    But regarding this Jewish Japanese thing, It should be more like a common ancestor. The belief that Judaism is the original is false too. Look up Elephantine letters… Polytheistic Hebrews near Egypt. Judaism merely claims (falsely) to be the original. All claims should be investigated before believed.

    As for the origin, probably the Silk Road. Korea has similarities as well. There are scripts in both (especially Katakana) which resemble Aramaic/Phoenican/Hebrew script (and a distant resemblence to Roman characters).

    They are proto-Judaic or rather Israelite beliefs. “Dan” is more appropriate. I wonder if the Ainu and their ancestors from the mainland contributed due to the phonetic similarity with Danu.

    My money is on a Tocharian ancestor from whatever the Tarim Basin used to be.

    Comment by Joe — September 10, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

    • Sorry. If you really have some knowledge about Japanese culture, you would know that the japanese katakana is from a sort of hand writing of chinese characters. They are simply some components of chinese characters.

      You know nothing about Asia!

      Comment by jingxiaoyi — September 11, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    • And japanese katakana has nothing to do with Hebrew!

      Please check the wikipedia to know where and how the katakana was invented. They are just some components of chinese characters written in chinese “草书” style.

      Comment by jingxiaoyi — September 11, 2012 @ 10:32 am

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  75. If Japan and the Maori can share linguistic/cultural affinities
    that are identical in meaning and therefore go beyond “pure coincidence”,
    why not Japan and the Israelites? The “territorial” distance in the former case albeit one separated by water, is equidistant to that of the latter.

    Comment by terry — December 3, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

  76. The Book, The Thirteenth Tribe explains how today’s claimants for the Y-Chromosomal Aaron, or Priestly Caste Kohanim, or Cohen, are actually not genetically related to any of the Twelve Tribes. While it is they who have invested large amounts of money into proving this through genetic research, particularly around Haplo J, the further they do so, the further it proves that this group are imposters. These imposters however, do not want this to be revealed, and therefore no longer disclose accurate or truthful information about the lost Tribes, although they have the knowledge and resources to do so.

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    The evidence regarding Japan, only shows that it has Monotheistic routes, which over time, have fostered polytheistic beliefs, and lack of identity, which once corrected, would pave the way towards reconciliation between the Kingdoms of the East, North, South, and God willing, with the collapsing West.

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    • God Promised Israel abundance in both wealth and number through Sarai, and promised Ismael Twelve Princes, through Hagar, or more appropriately, Keturah. This is the original conflict between the sons of Abraham, and conflict over who is righteous and who is right. Sarah, given all the rights of a queen, and Hagar, given no rights if not removed of them, and consequently sent to the desert with Ismael, because of the queens insistence. How does God go about His promise that Israel would be wealthy and abundant, and Ismael would have Twelve Princes? Enter the Lost Tribes of Israel, of the House of Joseph, and the Twelve Princes of Ali.

      And be assured that it is the meek and pious that will inherit the earth, not the ones who think they are righteous, have forgotten God, and use their wealth and abundance, against those who have almost nothing left.

      Israeli are followed by abundant rain which leads to wealth, so you can know which nations they are, whereas Ismael is followed by little rain which leads to barrenness, but therein lies the Twelve Princes. Jesus said to go the way of the lost tribes, so verily that is us, if we could but see.

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