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HIROSHIMA, JAPAN: JIZO BOSATSU

Protector of women, children, and travelers.

Jizo is often depicted as a child-monk, or as a pilgrim carrying a staff with six jingling rings to announce his friendly approach. He is sometimes shown holding the “Dharma Jewel,” the calming light which banishes all fear.
Jizo is special to pregnant women and to those whose children have died. Statues of Jizo can sometimes be seen wearing tiny children’s clothing or bibs. Grieving parents place toys and other offerings beside the Jizo statue to invoke his protection of their dead child. Offerings are also made by parents to thank Jizo for saving their children from a serious illness.
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30apr14. Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan.

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN: DAISHOIN TEMPLE, PT. 1

Daishoin is a temple on Mt. Misen, the holy mountain on the island of Itsukushima.. It was founded in 806 by Kukai, a monk. After his death, he came to be referred to as Kobo Daishi. He is considered to be one of the most famous monks in Japan and he founded Shingon Buddhism.

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30apr14. Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan.

 

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN: 500 RAKAN STATUES AT DAISHOIN TEMPLE

In Japanese, the historical Buddha is called “Shaka Nyorai.” Below are 500 of Shaka Nyorai’s disciples lining the steps up to the temple. Each one of them has a different facial expression.

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30apr14. Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan.