Topic 12


Discussion Topic

Some people say Japan is atheistic and the other say Japan is religious. A survey shows that Japanese people identify themselves as “non-religious” even though they engage in religious activities as visiting shrines and cremating the dead in Buddhist cemeteries. Would you call yourself as religious? Why, or why not? Let’s share your views on this topic of religions in Japan. Research about religious demographics of Japan and discuss about its historical and cultural background. Try to come up with some reasons to explain why Japan is both “simultaneously so atheistic and so religious?”

Key Words

  • Shintoism
  • Buddhism
  • temple
  • shrine
  • Christianity
  • Bible
  • scripture
  • religious ritual
  • teaching
  • religious organization