Who is Jizō, and Why the Bib?

Along the old highways of Japan, you will find Jizō statues, often wearing a red cap and bib.

Jizō is a bodhisattva, that is, one who achieves enlightenment but postpones Buddhahood in order to help others.

Jizo among autumn leaves.
Jizō statue near Ryuzu Falls, Tochigi Prefecture.



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Diane Neill Tincher

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