About Tancho

The red-crowned crane is an important symbol to the people of Japan and other Asian countries. The red patch of skin on this crane’s head becomes brighter when it is angry or excited.

[TAN cho]/noun/Tancho is the Japanese name for the red-crowned crane

Tancho is mature, wise, refined, sensible, thoughtful, calm, loyal, and unruffled. In his culture, older people are respected for their wisdom and experience, so he acts as a teacher and advisor.

Tancho loves to learn new things about God from the Christians he knows. He can’t keep what he learns to himself, so he teaches and trains others about Jesus Christ.


The Shinto religion incorporates practices from traditional Japanese culture. Shintoism combines ancestor worship, worship of various false gods, and worship of nature among other things. Japanese people may believe and practice the Shinto religion while also practicing Buddhism.



Japan, the land of the “Rising Sun,” is sometimes compared in size and shape to the state of California. Though many East Asian countries restrict the free practice of religion, Japan allows its inhabitants complete freedom to choose and practice the religion of their choice. Nonetheless, Japan remains one of the world’s least evangelized countries.