12 Feb
These miniture statues are known as Ojizosan and can be found all over Japan. Most often they are dressed in knit caps, or miniture jackets. They are dolls created from pottery and have spiritual powers – protecting children mostly, but also travellers and the elderly – they are meant to watch over something or someone and I think that it their main purpose. They also watch over the spirit of children who have died young and are dressed so accordingly. The image was taken very near the Tokyo Tower. There are pottery places (I think in Kyoto but most likely other towns) where you can partcipate in creating your own Ojizosan. Please show respect when you see and photograph Ojizosan.

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