Sunday, 13 January 2013

Protector of Travellers, Women And Children

A blog post from Rurousha on "The Six Jizo of Edo" made me looking for this particular photo. (I have another one taken at Zojoji but I'm not going to use that... anyway, this is a happier one) ^^
Jizo, the protector of women, children and travelers in the six realms of existence. Jizo is often depicted as a child-monk or as a pilgrim carrying a staff with six jingling rings (like the one Miroku in Inuyasha carries around, anime fans heh heh) to annouce his friendly approach.

You find Jizo at intersections of roads and paths so that the correct way is chosen. He is, you can say, found at boundaries between places, both physical and spiritual. Between the living and those who had passed on.

Jizo is special to pregnant women and to those whose children have died. You may see Jizos dressed with bibs around their necks and mostly red. Red symbolises safety and protection, and it expels demons and illness.
Now... I wonder when I'll ever make a post about Jomyo-In temple? Gah! I haven't even started on the Kamakura Daibutsu too!

It's not as if I'm going all intellectual and fact-correct in any of my posts anyway. I'd just end up reading too much information and posting 1/10 of what I read here. Hu~

Anyway, head over to Ru's blog and read more about Jizo there.

43 comments:

  1. That is a sweet image. Is it painted or tile?

    I agree, while it is interesting to see all the jizo statues at zojoji, it is poignant. One time I was there when a young couple were praying at one of the statues. Very sad.

    I have a nice photo of a jizo sort of off the beaten path. He sits below the Inner Circular Route and the railways out of Hamamatsucho Station in Minato. I don't know anything about him but I'm thinking he's there for traveling. I need to leave him something next time I go back.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blukat/6044021198/

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    1. I can't remember exactly. Tiled paintings, I suppose?

      That's a nice photo. :)

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    2. Blukats, I think the script on your statue is 延命地蔵, i.e. Enmei or Longevity Jizō.

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    3. I wouldn't mind longevity myself... just as long I get to keep on moving and not strapped to a wheelchair at old age. ;p

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    4. Ha! You'll be doing wheelies at marathons in your dotage! (^0^)

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    5. and armed with sharp elbows too! Lethal combo! LOL

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  2. Can one buy a Jizo statue to carry around while traveling? It seems like a good thing to have with you always.

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    1. Hmm... I'm not sure. Never been keen on buying Buddhist or other religious symbolism for keepsake, for obvious reason.

      Maybe Ru can tell us. Ru?

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    2. Oh, yes, you can - key rings, trinkets, phone straps. You should find it at many temples and at souvenir shops in, for example, Nakamise-dori. ^^

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    3. They have it there?

      Gosh... Should've taken more notice of souvenir stuff sold next time.

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    4. They have EVERYTHING at Nakamise-dori! You just have to dig through piles of Hello Kitty to get to the really nice stuff. :D

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    5. Hello Kitty always managed to distract and scare me from buying much! ;p

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    6. Certainly, jizo goods are popular souvenir in Asakusa :)

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    7. I should look for them for souvenirs for my non-Muslim friends the next time I visit Japan then. :)

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  3. I need one as we are just about to leave Oz for Japan and it would be perfect for any traveler :)

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    1. JA,
      Hope your travel back to Japan will go smoothly & safely! :)

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    2. Thanks Lina, Hope to post from Tokyo shortly :)

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    3. Looking forward to it! :)

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  4. That top photo is GORGEOUS! Wallpaper version, please! :)

    Zōjō-ji's statues are particularly poignant. That street between the temple and the hotel is one of my favourite streets in Tokyo: trees, birds, temples, incense, Jizō ...

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    1. I'm particularly stingy with my photos. All you get is the teeny weeny version. *evil chuckle*

      I look at my Zojoji jizos. I looked at my face. I decided it's too personal to put here.

      What elese is nearby that area? Tokyo Tower!

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    2. Also one of the best (and most expensive) (ouch) bakeries in Tokyo:

      http://www.lepainquotidien.jp/en/

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    3. With the name "Le Pain", I bet it'll be painful to my wallet! xD

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  5. Hi,Lina. You and Rurousha would make a Jizo very international. I think I need to learn more about Buddhism.

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    1. I do not know much about Buddhism. I barely scrap the surface.

      Ru, on the other hand, is a information gatherer extraordinaire. ;p

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    2. Ru is a very random, haphazard, disorganized, indiscriminate, profligate gatherer of useless information. Ah, what the heck, it's fun! :D

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    3. Random is good. Spontaneity is good too. Adds excitement to life. :)

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  6. Whoa 84,000 images of Jizo that's quite a number.

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  7. I always wondered what those red bibs represented. I saw quite a few statues with them in Kyoto.

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  8. Woohoo!I love the wall painting! :D

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  9. When are you going to write a new Japan post?

    Guess who managed to get through her usual crazy mid-week schedule and now has lots of time to pester others? :p

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    1. I can do pestering too. Shall I do it?

      Oh wait!

      You have a new post.

      Hmph.

      Wait wait. I need to read up on Daibutsu.

      I just got distracted by stuff lately.

      Patience my pretties. Patience. ;p

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    2. Daibutsu? Your next post is about him? So stop distractiating and git writing! :p

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  10. I really love the wall mural and of course the cuteness of your Raimie with his peace sign :) Interesting story about Jizo and props on mentioning Miroku hehehe he would be so pleased hehehe but yes, interesting ..Im gonna head to Rurousha to read about it!

    How have you been?

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    1. I forgot to mention it in my post... that painting was located in a train station in Tokyo! :)

      Yes, head over to Ru's blog to read up plenty of interesting and riveting info on Japan and temples, and parks... and Tokyo Sky Tree... and stuff... ;p

      I've been good. :)

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    2. Especially stuff.

      You've been a good girl? Ha.

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  11. Good to hear :) Its been good for me too, did i ever mention to you of my worries for a pen friend of mine in Miyagi? Well this weekend has to be one of the best weekend for me and I will note that down and put it into my Awesome Blessed Happening Jarh hehehe, I finally heard from her...my fault really sending her letters without putting my return address. She is safe and sound, not only that she's a mother to a 13 month old daughter.

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  12. Oh and thanks for recommending Rurousha's blog site, I have a new blog to add to my Good Cuppa Read now :) oooh and another good highlight for the weekend for me is my hubby have decided to extend his contract here in KL sooooo wooooohoooo i get to live here in Malaysia (though I now have no respect for some KL drivers after experiencing a rude driver who nearly drove right at me ..moron betul betul moron, I know there are good polite drivers but for the past few days ive encountered quite alot >_<)

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    1. Glad to hear that your friend is safe and sound and also a proud new mom of a daughter. :)

      So how long you guys staying put in KL till the contract expires this time?

      Oh gawd... what happened? How, why and what made you encountered lousy drivers these days?

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    2. Most probably another 2 or 3 years, my husband thinks its for the better especially with the benefits provided for us.

      I was just walking back to my apartment, it was a rather hot day and I was carrying quite a heavy load so I was walking slowly as I reached to my place, as always I look on my right to see if there are any cars as I was crossing by another apartment's main entrance. No cars so I crossed over when lo and behold I felt there was an SUV driving up at me ..and it was ..prolly dropping his girlfriend off ..luckily i stepped away right on time .. bugger!

      Where I live alot of construction works are happening and barriers being put up to make way for the new underground so traffic are all a mess and havoc. These drivers refused to acknowledged pedestrians even when the light is red for them and its green for us pedestrians they still try to drive ahead and for what? you move a bit and you're still stuck in traffic ..what really got to me was when I was pushing the stroller to cross the road, obviously it was green for me to cross over the road when this father think its ok to try and drive ahead eventhough hes got 20/20 vision to see a mother and daughter crossing the road. ...gah such a long comment hehehe sorry
      I take all this with a pinch of salt now.

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