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Japan has a different view of religion than most other countries. Their two main religions, Shintoism and Buddhism, are said to coexist side by side. They can even be combined together to a certain degree. Most Japanese would consider themselves a mixture of both Shintoists and Buddhists. For example, a Japanese person may not have any qualms in marrying at a Shinto shrine and being buried in a Buddhist cemetery.

The Japanese do seem to have a sense of religious piety and spiritual yearning, although they may not seem to care too much about religion. In many ways, the community life and religion are one and the same. This is just like the distinction between good and bad, or sinful and righteous, which is more forgiving in the Japanese society than in other cultures. In other words, there is a lot of "gray area" in Japan. It also goes to show how tolerant the Japanese people are of other religions. Nonetheless, religious rituals are still followed at ceremonies, such as births, weddings, and funerals.

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