Posted by Mike Cash (Kiryu, Japan) on 5 January 2012 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.
Small Jizo statue with his new hood and bib ready to greet the New Year at Kasakake's Daigenji Temple.
What an amazing juxtaposition of the abstract and personal. I've never seen anything like this before. Is the hood left on for some time, or is it a temporary dressing? This is very affecting.
6 Jan 2012 1:05am
@David: More information than you could ever possibly want to know about Jizo The bit about the red hood and bib is a little bit down the page.
Most typically new items are made for New Years, but can be done at some other special times of the year, or indeed whenever anybody feels moved to make and provide them. Some Jizo statues receive new duds regularly, and some seem to have been going for years and years without any new garments.
At this particular temple all of the Jizo statues receive their new hoods and bibs each year as individually hand-sewn items produced by a local woman who does it as an act of religious dedication in memory of her son who was killed in a traffic accident.
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