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When you travel Japan, you would see many Jizo-statue along the road, in temples, anywhere in Japan. The size is different and sometimes faces are also different. With peaceful faces, they has been standing and watching over everyone with love and care. It is said that they were built to get rid of peoples’ pains and make their wish come true. They are keeping their works for 5,000 million years until Buddha appears this world again, it means they works instead of Buddha.
Jizo-statues have various power based on its condition, for example, protecting pregnant having an easy delivery, getting pains of people who got in disasters, and protecting village’s safe. By these aspects, people started praying for a long life, health, huge harvest, and victory of the war. You also might see some of them are wearing red caps and bibs. Due to its power to protect child, people give them to Jizo praying their child’s health. Red color has the meanings of
being right and
being honest, so people giving red items as a means to protect children.
You will likely see a Jizo statue or two while traveling on vacation with Japan Deluxe Tours along Tokyo & Kyoto's shrines and temples. Add a red bib to the statues like a local to pray for the good health of children everywhere.
Okinawa's mythical Lion-Dogs protect homes and keep bad luck away.
Japanese Raccoon Dogs
New Years Allowance
Nagasaki traditional hand crafted dragon design Kites.
Yatagarasu is a three-legged crow in Japanese mythology.
Tengu are legendary creatures found in Japanese folk stories
Kappa are a yokai spirit found in traditional Japanese mythology.
Commemoration of ancestors; when the spirits of the deceased return