Kunigami in Japan

Unreached of the Day  2/05/2021

Kunigami in Japan

The Kunigami of Japan are made up of seven closely related people groups living in the Ryukyu Islands. Kunigami women are traditionally kept in subjection to their husbands. At celebrations, the men stay separated from the women, usually drinking sake (rice wine). The Kunigami are Buddhist, but traditional shamanistic practices are still prevalent. They believe in many unseen gods, demons, and ancestral spirits. The father of the house maintains the religious rituals in the home and cares for the ancestral tombs. The women serve as mediators between the kami (invisible spiritual powers) and the people. The people must seek permission from the kami before making any type of decision.

Ministry Obstacles

No scripture is reported to be available in the Kunigami language, nor are there other resources such as gospel recordings. However, many of the younger Kunigami people speak Japanese.

Outreach Ideas

Christians in nearby American military installations can take the initiative to befriend island people such as the Kunigami and, as the Lord leads, tell them about Jesus.

Scripture Focus

"I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds."  Psalm 9:1

Scripture Prayer

Pray for many from today’s people group to tell of God’s marvelous deeds to their families.

Prayer Focus

Pray that any followers of Jesus Christ today among the Kunigami people would be given hearts to love the Lord and their neighbor and be willing to take his name to them. The Japanese consider the Kunigami to be second class citizens. Pray for equal opportunities for these people in Japanese society.  



People Name Kunigami
Pronunciationkoo-ni-GAH-mee
Country Japan
10/40 Window Yes
Population 4,900
World Population 4,900
Language Kunigami
Primary Religion Buddhism
Bible Unspecified
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film No
Audio Recordings No
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image