Many Japanese show faithfulness to several religions. It is sometimes expected that a person have a Shinto wedding and a Buddhist funeral. Also, he goes to Christmas parties during December. And at New Year, people visit Shinto temples to pray and worship, then attend Buddhist festivals (Itsaka,1996).
The Japan's geographical location has affected the Japanese in their religion. They are mostly influenced by Korea and China bringing imported religions such as Buddhism and Confucianism. Japan's native religion, Shintoism, firstly became structured in response to the scholarly status and political authority of Buddhism and Confucianism.
The country having four large islands had also affected Japanese religion, each island containing important and historic Shinto and Buddhist shrines and temples. Some of these temples are found atop mountains, Mount Fuji being the religious symbol of the nation. The mountains of China has been once a place for retreat for Buddhists' isolation to the world and this practice was carried over to Japan (Pye,1982).