Jainism in Japan

Japanese Jains
Japanese Language
Indian Languages

Jainism, unlike the closely related Buddhism, is a minority religion in Japan. At present, there are three Jain temples in Japan,[1] with the Kobe Jain temple being the most famous one.


Forty Japanese students were sponsored by the Government of India in the early 1950s to live and study in India. Some of them studied Navinaya in Varanasi and Gujarat, which led to new interest in the study of Jainism in Japan. One of the accomplishments was the first Japanese book by Minakata Kumagusu to simplify and translate the concepts of Jainism into Japanese for use by the common people in Japan.[2]

See also


Further reading

  • A Japanese take on Jainism (in English)- kamit.jp
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