After being conned into joining the cult, his curiosity almost took over. Two women then whisked him off to the middle of nowhere.
- Andrew, an Australian tourist, wrote about his encounter in Japan with a Buddhist cult
- At Tokyo station, he was approached and lured to the residential residence
- The cult claimed their brand of Buddhism would ‘bring about world peace’
- Christopher Broad, a Youtuber, urged tourists not to ignore the cult threat
Two Japanese women convinced an Aussie tourist to believe that he would find happiness and peace in the world by selling him “world peace and joy” after approaching him at Tokyo’s train station.
The Australian, known only as Andrew, shared his strange encounter with YouTuber Christopher Broad, who runs the channel “Abroad in Japan”.
Andrew wrote to Mr Broad explaining how he was having a normal day in Tokyo as a tourist back in 2017 when the woman approached him.
Andrew was walking through a busy train station when two women of around 30 grabbed him.
They offered him a handful of pamphlets, which described how the brand of Buddhism they followed would ‘bring about world peace and happiness’.
Two women approached Andrew at Tokyo Station (above), claiming that their branch of Buddhism would bring about world peace. He Then, he was lured to their headquarters
Japan’s Bureau of Statistics reported that 67.2 percent of Japanese people identify as Buddhists in 2020. Many branches have been established in recent years.
One of these branches is ‘Aum Shinrikyo, which was the cult behind 1995 Tokyo subway sarin attack, where 14 people died and thousands were injured.
Despite this attack, Japan is still one of the most safe countries in the globe and has the lowest robbery- and murder rates.
It isn’t known which branch of Buddhism Andrew approached, but the Aussie suggests they were persistent.
Andrew declined their offer several times until his curiosity got the best of him, and he accepted their invitation for more information about the Buddhism group.
He was then taken by the two women to an office building located in a quiet residential neighborhood in the’middle-of-nothing’ of Tokyo.
Andrew claimed that he was given prayer bead and a Japanese book of prayers once he arrived at the building. He was then forced to meditate on and chant for over 40 minutes in front a shrine made of gold.
Two women stood close by and watched him closely.
“Imagine this. You are just out on your holiday to Tokyo. Broad stated in the video that next thing you know you are chanting in a space and holding prayer beads on for 40 minutes.
After After the prayers, Andrew was taken to an init ceremony where he was forced into signing documents that ratified a club membership.
He was lured to his office by two women, who were apparently promoted.
Andrew wrote his letter stating that the cult it appears, was some kind of pyramid scheme.
They were so persistent, I asked them to “bring my friends” the next time I visit.
After Andrew left the office quickly and cut off all communication with the group. He also gave them a fake address. Then, he blocked the two women from Facebook.
After Andrew’s story was recounted by Mr Broad, who urged tourists to be cautious in foreign countries and remain alert.
“This isn’t something to be skeptical about. This is something that actually happens. He said that he has heard the story many times from different viewers and listeners.
Christopher Broad (above), the Youtuber who read Andrew’s story, said ‘yhis isn’t something to be skeptical about, this is something that happens’