2010 – Iki-shi, Nagasaki-ken, Japan, Earth


It gets really cold on Iki.  The statues start shivering.These little statues (I’m about 60 percent sure that they’re Shinto with some heavy Buddhist influence) litter the Japanese landscape.  I’m not exactly sure what their purpose is (except the ones near the seas–those are hopes to protect the sailors), but I do know why they have those bonnets and scarves: it’s to keep the spirits that occasionally inhabit them from getting too cold.  For serious!  People also leave nice drinks (beer and sake are common) and food, and, obviously, flowers.

The statues are pretty small.  This one is about two feet.


2 responses

  1. I know there’s a few Jizo statues along roadways and old paths in the forest, according to another friend who lives in Shizuoka area (he does a lot of hiking–he has lots of cool hiking videos on YouTube, just look up softypapa on there). I know the ones along the roadways are to protect travelers, or at least that’s what I’ve read.

    June 26, 2010 at 01:00

    • K@

      Are they buddhist or shinto?

      June 26, 2010 at 17:30

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