Jizo are one of Japan’s Buddhist deities. They are considered to be guardians or protectors of travellers, women, and especially children. Pregnant women often adopt or place a jizo statue at a temple to pray for the health of their unborn child, and many of the statues are placed to remember children who died before birth. Parents who have lost a child often dress a statue of jizo in a red bib or hat. The Jizo deity apparently hides children under his robes to protect them from demons and safely shepherds their souls to salvation.
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