Meaningful Little Statues by DILLEmma Photography on Flickr.

"Jizo statues at the Zojo-ji Garden. The honest meaning of these small statues startled me a bit: the statues represent unborn children, therefore the Japanese name ("Unborn Children Garden"). Mothers who have lost their child dedicate a statue and dress it in baby clothes. Additionally, small stones are placed next to or in front of the figures to symbolically shorten the suffering that children have to bear on their way to afterlife…"

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