Some observations from travels

A Word a Week Challenge – Face

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DSC_0265These are stone sculptures with images of babies commonly seen around buddhist temples.  Jizō statues are popular in Japan as they believe that it can alleviate the suffering of both the living and those who have died.  Jizō are also honoured by modern buddhist believers in Japan as the protector of the unborn, miscarried, still-born and aborted babies.

I have seen many of these statues but these photos were from a recent visit to a temple in Osaka.  I liked these statues as the faces of the Jizō are more expressive and serene.  And my favourite is the first photos where it showed both mother and baby, which I haven’t seen before.

Don’t forget to drop by A Word in Your Ear for more of this week’s A Word a Week Challenge.

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8 responses

  1. Reblogged this on A Word in Your Ear and commented:
    Fina reblogg for the A WORD A WEEK CHALLENGE – FACE comes from our weird and wonderful world – great take on the theme, quirky and interesting . next weeks word is ANGLE

    May 26, 2013 at 7:39 am

  2. Superb! I was having a quick skim through my reader as time is short, but just had to stop for a proper look. Love both the concept and the photos. 🙂

    May 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

  3. I was in Osaka but missed these, unfortunately. I LOVE the collection of faces and the adornments on some of them! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com

    May 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  4. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

    May 27, 2013 at 12:14 am

  5. Just GREAT!!!!!

    May 28, 2013 at 6:17 pm

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