Japan Mad Family
Well, it is ok with that. All you have to do is reply us when we ask a few questions. *_^
I am hoping an encyclopaedic blogger friend of mine would help with the answer, if you guys have any question. ^.^
The statue looks symbolic.
Those are jizos.The same blogger friend I mentioned in my comment above has an in-depth post about it.Can't put the link here as I am totally stupid posting/commenting/pretty much anything on the smartphone. :-]
If it's Jizō statues and if I happen to know where it is, then ... yes.If it's a photo of Raimie, yes, always. :)
Well, that means I can get away with words within this blog! :-D
Thanks anyway. Will seacrh from Google about Jizōs. Doumo arigatou gozaimashita.
Angeline,You noticed the lady who commented above this comment of yours. She's the walking, talking encyclopaedia I was talking about. No need to google. Just read her blog. She has a mind bogglingly rich & informative not yo mention fun narrative if Japan. :-)
Oops. The alleged encyclopaedia (though it would be better to describe her knowledge as a haiku) was preoccupied with other stuff. University restarts next month. (>_<)As J.A. said, Jizō is amongst others the protector of women, children and travellers.These specific photos are of a group of six Jizō statues. They represent the six Buddhist realms, in other words, the six possible states of existence. They're commonly placed at temples or at busy intersections, where we can find ourselves in a transitional state. I love the names of these realms:Hell (jigokudō 地獄道)Hungry ghosts (gakidō 餓鬼道)Animals (chikushōdō 畜生道)Bellicose demons (ashuradō 阿修羅道)Humans (jindō 人道)Heavenly beings (tendō 天道)PS: Jizō also carries six rings – again a symbol of the six states of karmic rebirth – on his staff.
So, Lina, in which realm do you find yourself? Are you a hungry ghost or a bellicose demon? :p
THANK YOU for the info, walking encyclopadeia! :)Bellicose demon sounds more like it for me! LOL
or should I be sad about it? xD
Aww.. I was expecting a (or some) story to come with it :PBut ya.. off me go to google Kaneiji Temple or search Rurousha's blog ^ ^
Seriously, reading through Ru's blog will yield better result than me google. :-D
A picture tells a thousand words, so say no more :) Jizo are protectors of travelers and children.
Yes, Jizo is what JA says. :)Thanks. ^^
Yup, is fine with it, just post anything that you like!!! =]
Awesome photos, as always. How much longer until your next visit to Japan?
Very long.Autumn/winter of 2014. :-/
Why do they need to be dressed like that? Scary...
I've got a short post with a little but of info on those at :http://urutoranohihi.blogspot.com/2013/01/protector-of-travellers-women-and.html (sorry to darn lazy to put it as a nice "click here" link)Ru, as always has more awesome info on them, one of them :http://rurousha.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-six-jizo-of-edo.html:)And it's not scary. It's rather... poignant.