I’m so lucky to see these beautiful Jizo statues on my way to work.
Jizo is the patron deity of deceased children and aborted fetuses. He delivers babies’ spirits from limbo, beats up demons, and fulfills wishes. The neighborhood Buddhists often dress the statues up in bibs and children’s clothing as a sign of respect and care.
This one is nice and warm for winter
This one is all ready for school
Sometimes I get so tired of living in a foreign country and all I want to do is go back to the States. Then suddenly I will stumble across something so foreign and mystical, like a Jizo statue, and I’ll feel so happy to live here.
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