Japan’s Meiji Period Persecution of Buddhists

I’ve talked quite a bit here about Japan’s persecutions of Christians, Christian martyrs, and how Christianity managed to survive underground and emerge again.

But Buddhism also had its periods of popularity and government persecution, just as it did in China.

Here’s a little tourist article about Buddhist temples, showing the effects of Meiji persecution on two heavily Buddhist provinces.

The name of the persecution movement was “haibutsu kishaku,” which means something like “Expel Buddhism.”

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