Jizo-San, All Lined Up

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Hase Dera has a little spot reserved for praying for lost babies and children. It’s a beautiful area, with a stream, candles, a spot to pray, and hundreds and hundreds of statues of Jizo-san.

Jizo-san protects all sorts of people, most notably children, babies and mizuko (water children). Mizuko are babies that never got a chance to breath, either from miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion.

It’s a popular spot for tourists, but somehow, despite all the visitors taking photos (myself included), it still manages to feel peaceful.

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