Jizo

One of the things I loved the most about Nikko was the Jizo statues in a snowy (and kind of lonely) road.

The Jizo statue is a representation of bodhisattva Jizo Bosatsu, the guardian of travellers, but also children and mothers. They have red bonnets and scarves offered by people so they don’t feel cold, and bibs so they don’t get dirty with the food offerings.

I loved the way they look and it amazed me how even with the statue reduced to pebbles, the bonnet and the scarf was still there, meaning someone kept putting it there, no matter how much time has passed.

They all looked different, some relaxed, some with a shy smile, some even seemed worried about something.

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