Jizo

Jizo

In Tokyo, Japan at the Zojoji Temple.

It’s tough to think of anything sadder than a child of any age who passes away for any reason. In Japan, these small statues can be found in cemeteries in homage to stillborn, aborted, or miscarried babies, lost to their families to protect them in the afterlife. At first, when you see these, you might think “Oh how cute” since they are usually adorned, as in this picture, in clothing and toys like small children. When you learn what they really symbolize, you get solemn and saddened. And you think of the pain that the parents, family, and/or friends must feel as they come to visit the Jizo memorializing their loss, refreshing the garments and gifts to not let them them fade or fray from weather or time or, worst of all, neglect.

 

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