Japan has 2 main religions, The Shintoism and the buddhism. Although many people claim to have no particular beliefs, most participate in both Shinto and Buddhist customs and rituals. For example, most weddings are carried out according to Shinto ritual, while funerals normally follow Buddhist practice.
The Shinto religion is originally from Japan and is based on ancient history and mythology. People believed that spiritual forces existed in nature, in trees or mountains, in the sea or in the wind.
With the development of Shintoism, heroes and other revered characters were included in the spirituals. Before the first shrines were built, people went to natural places to offer worship to the spirituals. Today, some homes have – trays for the gods – on which food is offered to the gods.
Buddhism was born in India and was introduced to Japan around the middle of the 6th century. There are several sects of Buddhism. Buddhist temples contain religious statues and visitors to the temples frequently burn incense in front of the statues.
Many families have Buddhist altars where ancestors are worshiped.