One line of text from Wikipedia was all it took to lure me to the town of Shingo, in south-central Aomori Prefecture. It read: “The village promotes itself as the home of the Grave of Christ after a local legend.”

As I was in the neighboring Tohoku-region prefecture of Iwate when I came across that fabulous snippet, curiosity easily got the better of me.

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