Trek of Hindutva in Japan
Rohan Agrawal, Japan
History of Indo-Japan relations has been focused primarily on Buddhist-connect by a majority of the mainstream historians. However, several pieces of evidence indicate a strong bond between the two great Asia civilizations even before the arrival of Buddha. Based on the account by JG Ohsawa and some other Japanese historians, the very first Hindu to visit Japan was Shamva, the son of Lord Krishna who sailed eastwards thousands of years ago from India to settle in the Land of the Rising Sun. Samurais are the descendants of Krishna, and Shamva was the origin of the Samurais. The Japanese samurai also had similar traits (traditions of sacred Swords, self-sacrifice, service to one’s Lord, etc) to the Ksatreya, besides both being famous as “Gau-rakshak”.
“Yayoi” was the name given to the Hindus who reached Japan in ancient times (200 BC – 250AD) by Jomon, the original inhabitants of Japan. The Yayoi brought with them peace-bestowing religion and customs, idol-worship with numerous Hindu Gods & Goddesses, universal Hindu philosophy, food-giving rice culture, use of iron for agricultural implements and of bronze for kitchen utensils, charming pottery, cotton and loon for weaving. As the Yayoi by inter-marriage became ethnically one with the Jomon, the integrated people came to be identified as the first Japanese society. Hinduism became Shinto by merger with the Jomon beliefs.
This ancient connect of Hindutva remain intact with Japan and keep on evolving during various phases which can be classified as: 1) Before the arrival of Buddhism, 2) From the arrival of Buddhism till 18th century, 3) 19th century & Japanese support for Indian freedom, 4) Current consolidation of Hindutva in Japan.
About the presenter…
Rohan has been socially very active and founded many organizations in Japan during last ~11 years, which include: Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Japan, Hindi Sabha Japan, Agrawal Association Japan, Team Netaji Japan, and is also serving as one of the Directors into management committee for Shri Shri Radha Govind Mandir (& Vedic Culture Center), Tokyo’s first Indian Temple which was inaugurated in 2011. Rohan was also selected by Ministry of External Affairs (India) as one of the speakers for a PBD panel discussion on “Connecting Indian Diaspora through Social Media”.
Rohan has been working in Japan since last 12 years as a bilingual professional in Operations & Technology. After working for more than 8 years in Intel Japan, Rohan has moved into FinTech. Rohan holds a Master’s degree in Nano-Electronics from University of Edinburgh (UK) and Japanese language certification along with vast managerial experience of managing cross-country projects with large teams.