Jizo statues in Kamakura, Japan. Jizo take care of the souls of unborn children and those who died at a young age. Children “in limbo” in Japan are said to go to a place called sai no kawara, where they must create piles of stones into small towers. But every night the stone towers are destroyed by demons, so the next day the children must make new piles of stones. The making of these towers is to help their parents accrue merit for their own afterlife.

Jizo statues in Kamakura, Japan. Jizo take care of the souls of unborn children and those who died at a young age. Children “in limbo” in Japan are said to go to a place called sai no kawara, where they must create piles of stones into small towers. But every night the stone towers are destroyed by demons, so the next day the children must make new piles of stones. The making of these towers is to help their parents accrue merit for their own afterlife.

Kamakura, Japan, the Great Iron Buddha is a World Heritage Site, and worth pilgrimage no matter what you worship.

Kamakura, Japan, the Great Iron Buddha is a World Heritage Site, and worth pilgrimage no matter what you worship.

Beautiful round door/window and the lights on the ceiling Meigetsu-in temple, Kamakura, Japan 明月院 鎌倉

Beautiful round door/window and the lights on the ceiling Meigetsu-in temple, Kamakura, Japan 明月院 鎌倉

Kamakura

Kamakura

The snowy view from the window of Meigetsu-in temple, Kamakura, Japan

The snowy view from the window of Meigetsu-in temple, Kamakura, Japan

Meigetsu-in Temple, Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

Meigetsu-in Temple, Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

Zuisen-ji Temple, Kamakura, Japan 瑞泉寺 鎌倉

Zuisen-ji Temple, Kamakura, Japan 瑞泉寺 鎌倉

Bamboo gardens at the 600 year old temple in Kamakura.

Bamboo gardens at the 600 year old temple in Kamakura.

[stairs to Hokoku-ji Temple in Kamakura, Kanazawa, Japan]

[stairs to Hokoku-ji Temple in Kamakura, Kanazawa, Japan]

Meigetsu-in Temple, Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

Meigetsu-in Temple, Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

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