I just saw the following video, “God’s Fingerprints in Japan 1,” for the first time a couple weeks ago. It has some amazing and unique insights into Japanese history, culture, and how the creator God of the bible is reflected in it. In 2005 it won the Telly Award. The video begins by asking these three questions:
- Is there historical evidence of the creator God in Japanese culture?
- Did God leave his fingerprint within the history and culture in Japan?
- Have western Christian culture and traditional missionary values overlook the beauty and grace of traditional Japanese culture?
The following twenty five minutes or so then examines Japans oldest religion of Shinto, the tradition of tea ceremony, and the history of Christianity in Japan all of which bear witness to the God of the bible. Although generally viewed as the God of western society in Japan, “God’s Fingerprints in Japan” show that the creator God has always been the God of Japanese people.
Above I have included the English translations of the video, the Japanese version here.
and he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way towards him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us (Acts 17:27)
Check out part two of “God’s Fingerprints in Japan” here.