Many Japanese don't have faith so much and I also don't have faith so much. But I have basic religious perspective based on Buddhism as same as many Japanese have. Although there are many varieties of Buddhism, I don't mention about it here. I'd like to write about my personal religious perspective.
In my previous post, I wrote that I visit the graves every year. But I don't think if I don't visit the graves I receive my ancestors' punishment. I don't think that my ancestors are pleased with my visit. On the contrary, I wonder my ancestors may want not to visit them so much. I feel that my ancestors say to me that I use my time for not visiting ancestors but my own issue.
There is a reason for it. My mother's ancestors' temple 万福寺 (Manpuku-ji temple) 貫主 (Kansu - chief abbot) told my grandmother and mother when my grandfather was struck down by a serious illness before I was born - "You need not visit the temple. Your ancestors or Buddha may not help you and your husband. Do what you really have to do."
This preaching is too deep for me to explain the meaning in English. But I believe this is just religious. So I remember this preaching again and again, and I visit my ancestors' graves every year.