O-jizo-sama

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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 shepherd their souls to salvation.

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Here is the gate of Eitai-ji Temple, Furusekimachi, Kofu-City, Yamanashi, the temple that features the jizo seen above.

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