SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:23 pm


LieAnn

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Have you ever wondered what's the religion of SCANDAL members? Because I am wondering if they were Christians (Catholic for that matter, and there's only a small population of Christians in Japan), because If you'll notice, they were all wearing a rosary in their TaiKimi PV particularly along with their Striped Uniform.. And I remembered the hosts in VMAJ asked them about the rosary too.. Actually I never give much thought about that ('cause it doesn't matter to me what their religion is) but yesterday a friend of mine (a very, very religious girl) pointed this out and said "WOW! They were Christians!" while we're watching TaiKimi PV (LOL I was actually infecting her with SCANDAL Virus that time.. Hehe..). Please take a look at the photo below...


So, any info guys?? Hehehe arigatou gozaimashita!


(I don't know if this topic was discussed before, so please delete this if this was already posted..)


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:03 pm


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Err, honestly, I think it was just part of their costume, instead of any outward show of their religions. Like, they also showed a decorated rosary in the PB for Temptation Box, and I think it just kinda fit in with the overall theme of the photobook, like, carefree fun and peace, hippie-like values, as opposed to an overall display of religious affinity.

And of course, you should know that religion in Japan is a very err...well, strange thing, to say the least. People will get married in a church and celebrate New Year's at a temple, so it's kinda hard to say in the first place. XD

But if the host in the VMAJ asked them about it, I'd love to hear their response :p Curious here too XD


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:07 pm


Goldenarms

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Shinto and Buddhism are the two major religion in Japan


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:46 pm


Jerec

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I think most of the youth in Japan are mostly unreligious and only take part in religious (mostly Shinto) activity as part of cultural tradition.

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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:35 pm


bigOeyez

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Up until a couple years ago, Christmas wasn't even celebrated widely throughout Japan, but with the uprising in foreign residents, it just became a trend to do so publicly... Santa in Japan? Yup, never existed til a couple of years ago...

So yeah, the rosary was probably just another trend... Now don't get offended when I say that, because remember that Japan's fashion is heavily trendy, so anything goes...

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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:05 am


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Well, to be honest being Catholic I'm actually insulted that the girls were using the rosary as a fashion accessory and that really upsets me... the rosary is a sacred and fundamental part of Catholicism (and perhaps Christianity as a whole I guess) and it is used to bless the sick and dying, and also in prayer when we recite the Rosary. Overall, what I'm saying is that the rosary should be treated with respect and reverence not as some fashion trend of the week to be discarded when one tire of it. I've lost a little respect for SCANDAL, irregardless of the Japanese religious subculture. Sorry guys, it's my own view so don't get mad (although some of you might)


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:13 am


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Paladinoras wrote:Err, honestly, I think it was just part of their costume, instead of any outward show of their religions. Like, they also showed a decorated rosary in the PB for Temptation Box, and I think it just kinda fit in with the overall theme of the photobook, like, carefree fun and peace, hippie-like values, as opposed to an overall display of religious affinity.

And of course, you should know that religion in Japan is a very err...well, strange thing, to say the least. People will get married in a church and celebrate New Year's at a temple, so it's kinda hard to say in the first place. XD

But if the host in the VMAJ asked them about it, I'd love to hear their response :p Curious here too XD




I think so .

In Japan, most people respected Shinto
so I think their respect Shinto

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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:30 am


rock_chick

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i think shinto. they went to a temple once in scandal summit i think? not sure though Nerd


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:17 am


yuujin_21

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They went to perform at a location near a shrine once,and they recevied blessings of a sort from a religious person in the shrine there if i'm not wrong.They also partook in some religious activity while they were in Hong Kong,and these activites were distinctly Hong Kong's because i recognise it from the photos,and certainly the girls were doing merely to pray for a good performance in accordance to the Hong Kongers' beliefs.

What i am trying to say is,the girls are of a more free-thinking type,not really sticking to any religion in my opinion.Also note that i used more generic terms so as not to term anything wrongly.


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:17 am


Goldenarms

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whatever their religion is doesn't matter to me because i love them so much.


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:33 am


Paladinoras

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EugeneAng wrote:They went to perform at a location near a shrine once,and they recevied blessings of a sort from a religious person in the shrine there if i'm not wrong.They also partook in some religious activity while they were in Hong Kong,and these activites were distinctly Hong Kong's because i recognise it from the photos,and certainly the girls were doing merely to pray for a good performance in accordance to the Hong Kongers' beliefs.

What i am trying to say is,the girls are of a more free-thinking type,not really sticking to any religion in my opinion.Also note that i used more generic terms so as not to term anything wrongly.

Yea, pretty much. That's just how religion goes in Japan, methinks. Some of my friends live there, and religion has never been a rather important thing there, simply because for a long period of time, Japan shut itself in and promoted rather traditional sorts of religions, hell, even Catholics and Christians were persecuted for a period of time. This just kinda contributes to their overall lack of spirituality.

(Thus, the high suicide rates XD) So can't really blame teh SCANDAL girls for using it as decoration, for what's worth, a lot of artists in Japan use it methinks O_O. Case in point, Gackt lol.


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:29 pm


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well like people have said, Japanese's view of religion is quite hazy. since Japan is a small country, with a big population, people concentrate on getting decent jobs and salaries. and from what i've seen, when Japanese take on something, they take it seriously; if they get a job, they get really serious about it; if they decide to they get into a religion, they become religious. so roughly speaking, SCANDAL doesn't really "have" a religion. roughly.

Spoiler:
if you've watched Lucky Star, Kagami said that their family worship every religion. so yeah.

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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:58 pm


Plutonium

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If they don't have a religion, then let us start one up.

I suggest they worship Plutomomism.


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:44 am


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^ That is the worst idea ever thought of by mankind.


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:56 am


vincendadiaz

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Demo, there are pics, when they are crossing their hands, and pray.
and also the video.
if im not wrong, the video when they are praying is in TB dvd.
Myabe, they are christian or catholic.

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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:57 am


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I agree with rreizend, I think they don't really care about their religion. They care more about their career.


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:25 pm


LieAnn

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(I didn't expect much response from you guys so I'm kind of surprised to see 15 replies when I signed in.. Hehe)

As I said before, I don't care what their religion is. I am not a religious person myself but, to be honest, I will be a little offended If they were just using the rosary as part of their costume (I'm a Catholic BTW). As porcupine said, It is a sacred thing for us. But of course, we'll never know how the Japanese minds works, and we're not really sure what their religion is.. I hope our Japanese members here will enlighten us about this stuff.. Hehehe..

Anyway, I love them because of their music, and I won't let any religious belief to interfere with my admiration for SCANDAL.. Hehehehe Chest Tap


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:39 am


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I'm not from Japan (I'm from America; more specifically, Los Angeles), but I'm Japanese and can totally relate to the whole disjointed-religion-thing. Like, most of us Japanese-Americans here in LA consider ourselves "Buddhist" and whatnot, but most of us are not "religious." We know somewhat about Buddhist teachings and stuff, but we don't really stick to the religion. We're busy doing other stuff with our lives (jobs, school, etc.) and hardly have time for anything else, so religion isn't a big thing for us, I guess. I had no idea about the religion situation in Japan, but after hearing what you guys said about it, it makes sense; I guess we JAs got this religion thing from them haha.

Anyway, I think I went off-subject haha. So, I personally don't think SCANDAL is Christian or Catholic, and I think that they did decide to wear rosaries purely for aesthetic reasons/for their costumes. Rosaries used as accessories is a pretty popular trend right now. I'm sure a lot of people who aren't in a religion where a rosary is used don't know the rosary's meaning, so I think SCANDAL just viewed them as a fashion accessory to go with their outfits. And, because they probably don't know what it means, they couldn't have meant it in an offensive way.

Okay, I don't know if this makes sense, nor did this actually explain anything...hahaha. Sorry if this is just pointless! Sweating


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:04 am


Rinshei

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gunnersforlife wrote:I agree with rreizend, I think they don't really care about their religion. They care more about their career.

i agree with you guys..

i just love when they performances....

and their song, and many more...

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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:38 pm


SakuRedux

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Personally, I don't think it really matters. Religion shouldn't enter into your opinion of a band. I can appreciate the reason for wanting to know, just wanting to know more about a band you love, but as far as the rosary beads go that's just how things go in Japan. Most of the time, if someone likes how something looks, they wear it for the sole reason that they like how it looks.
Religion isn't a big thing in Japan. They have shrines and stuff, but from what I gather, the Japanese gods are more like the Norse or Greek gods than the Christian/Jewish God, it's not a religion, you just pray to different gods for different reasons. I could be wrong, but that's what I can gather from the little research I've bothered doing.

Just as a side note, I'm technically Christian, because of the fact my parents had a man in a robe draw a wet cross on my forehead, long before I had control over my own bowel movements. I don't, haven't, and probably never will practice any sort of religion, other than pretending to follow mock religions like Haruhiism.

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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:12 am


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i don't care about they religions because i love they music


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:24 am


RP

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uhm, i guess there's a saying in japan that they are "born Shinto,marry a Christian and die a Buddhist".

well, that wont help.hahaha! Onion Wahaha

about the rosary, i dont really thought it insults the religion(though i am a catholic, i found it really good that they use them cause it reflects the religion and surprisingly a good fashion item).lets just think that they didnt do something irreligious with the rosary and didnt mean to insult Catholics or other Christians.im just hoping that as they use the rosary, they understand the importance of that too even though they are not Christians.

Christmas? they celebrate it just like Valentines day. hahahah!because cause almost the whole world celebrates it and its really a happy occasion,so why ignore it?though i think most really dont know the true value of that occasion.

but im 70% sure that they would marry in a Christian way, cause every girl is always fascinated with the light-colored flowing gown.hahaha! Onion Love Love



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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:38 am


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rollingproject wrote:uhm, i guess there's a saying in japan that they are "born Shinto,marry a Christian and die a Buddhist".

well, that wont help.hahaha! Onion Wahaha

wow! I'm A Christian!!! does it mean that... Whistle

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I've read the previous posts... they did wear rosaries...
considering that i'm religious it's kinda offensive...
but i think the girls doesn't have anything to do about it...

Just doing their thing...

It's a culture thing... so complicated... I don't have the philosophy to question it...

Done! zzz...


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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:51 pm


konohagure

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Apparently, they're not Catholics, because if they were, they wouldn't be using the rosaries as a fashion accessory or a compliment to their costume. I'm a Catholic myself, but I'm not really insulted. It can't be helped if they don't know what's not wrong to do with the rosary.

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Re: SCANDAL's Religion? Does anyone know?
Posted on Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:37 pm


bigOeyez

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Religion and Politics are always touchy subjects, but it's not worth getting all riled up about... In the world we live in today, it's better to be in the gray area because that way we're not biased when someone makes an "opinion"...

I can see why the majority of Catholics here are being insulted because SCANDAL used the rosary as an accessory item, but they never desecrated it in any way, correct? Now if they had wore it in a PV, smashed a guitar over it and laughed, then yes they deserve to be criticized... But likewise, today's society isn't focused on religion as much as back then because religion doesn't put food on the table like money does in today's society...

Religion has a place, but it's being further pushed back because politics is demanding more blood and sweat for a single family to stay alive... Don't take religion too seriously and don't be offended too hastily...

"I apologize to all the younger members reading this, but this IS the vicious world that adults go through..."

Earlier in the year, US R&B singer, Akon, produced a music video where he had bikini clad girls, booty shaking in front of a Buddha statue... Now that deserves criticism, not something as small as using a religious item as aesthetics...

I live in Socal San Diego where Catholic White guys wear Buddha beads because they think it will help them "appeal" to Asian girls... So what do I do? Simply face palm myself and laugh!

Ahh, but truthfully, there is no actual real answer to absolute religion beliefs or anything because it all depends on the person's situation...

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HA HA! This topic pretty much deviated from it's initial question, but like i said, Religion and Politics creates conflict and war (hence forth)... Just don't take anything too seriously alright? You'll live a happy life if you don't headbutt everything you come across...

SO, back on topic...

Does anyone know anything about their parents? That should shine some light on the matter...


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