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Monday, January 24, 2011

Jizo Statues


Photographed at Tage Fudoson (多気不動尊) in Utsunomiya city. These statues are called Mizuko Kuyo Jizouson (水子供養地蔵尊). Please click the links if you are curious about these baby-looking statues in red bibs and hats and the corresponding Buddhist ceremony.

This is a That's my world and Ruby Tuesday entry.


         

28 comments:

  1. this doll is a little scary. but i love the red bonnet.:p

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  2. Thank you for the link. I'm sure these dolls go a long way in helping people grieve.

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  3. Very interesting! Don't usually see a statue wearing cloth clothes!

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  4. Oh, yes, thank you for the link, Yoshi! What a wonderful way to help people with their grief! Always enjoy learning more about your country and culture! Thank you for your wonderful photos!

    Sylvia

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  5. I love Jizo statues very much! It is nice to see them cladded in red bibs and hats as it is the coldest season in Japan. Are the bibs and hats donated by the worshippers?

    Thank you for your magnificent pictures!!

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  6. This is a beautiful and mysterious view here. We see the garments but do not see the aces of the dolls. Thus, the scarves and hats seem to be floating. Nice!

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  7. Interesting. I'm sure a lot of people find comfort in these dolls.

    My entries:
    Moms... Check Nyo
    Yummy-as-can-be

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  8. We were in Kamakura and saw the Hase-dara jizos 3 years ago. I said a prayer for the baby that my daughter miscarried and for the very first time, I shed tears for that unborn soul. I had no idea I was harboring those feelings until Hase-dara.

    Thank you for your visit to my blog posts documenting our last visit to Japan in spring, last year. We didn't think we'd be going again next year, but suddenly my mom is saying she'd like to go and see her siblings in Sendai and Tokyo again. Our plan is to visit some of the Ryoma places. We'll see. It really depends on her health.

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  9. A very interesting and mysterious post. Thanks for sharing...I have learned something new now...


    My entry is here

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  10. Interesting shot of the dolls. The ceremony must be cool to see in person.

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  11. Very interesting. I like the statues and very suitable for the people who are grieving

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  12. I thought they were a little on the scary side :)

    Have a lovely week.

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  13. that is a cool image - well seen and well done

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  14. I crochet those same bonnets for my daughter...this photo is a bit creepy...a very effective imagery!

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  15. One gets the impression, that there are people who care. Thank you. A great picture indeed. Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens

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  16. Beautiful and mysterious photo! Thank you for linking to the explanation.

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  17. Intriguing sacred babies! Love the deep, mysterious richness of the colour!

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  18. Very interesting - thank you for sharing this image and links with us.

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  19. What a wonderfully sweet statue!

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  20. Interesting statues. What are they made from?
    Nice photo, I like in red.

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  21. Hi again, here comes Non from Kitakanto-no-yamaaruki. To be honest, I was wondering how you could understand not only English but also Spanish, as not many Japanese do. Then I got to know that your spouse from other country was one of the reasons, who posted an interesting report of climbing Mt.Nantai in English :)
    Now my skill of speaking / writing in the language (no problem for reading because of my job) is terrible(sigh...), yet I tried to say Hi to your wife.

    Oh, I've just found the photos taken from the top of Mt.Toyama, and that is beautiful, the colors of mountains. Very nice :)

    Well I think you are phisically tough, going up to the mountain in a half hour with a 15kg equipment. Any sports in the past??

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  22. Very interesting, and completely new to me. I can see why some would find these disturbing, but my first thought was that it could be a way of bringing closure to a horrible loss.

    Thank you for sharing your world.

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  23. interesting! the dark background somehow made it a bit creepy. good capture though! hey, i like the link you gave..somehow, it gives a better understanding about those dolls.

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  24. errr.... scaryyy..but love the story tho.

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  25. i must agree i find them scary hehe... my entry is HERE

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  26. Love the colours in this shot and the way you composed it.

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