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Japanese Religions in Latin America

Japanese religions both old and new are to be found throughout Latin America but mainly in Brazil, where traditions such as that of Shingon and Japanese versions of the Jodo Shinshu and Jodo Shu Pure Traditions have a relatively long presence. Here, the focus is on Brazil, where the Latin American headquarters and the holy grounds of most Japanese religions, including new religions (shinshukyo) such as Seicho no Ie (House of Growth), Sekai Kyūseikyō (Church of World Messianity), and Soka Gakkai (Value Creation Society), are situated.

Prohibited from entering Hawai'i and Peru a few years earlier, large-scale Japanese emigration to Brazil began in 1908 with the arrival of 791 Japanese emigrants at the port of Santos in São Paulo on the passenger liner the Kosatu-Maru to ...

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