Okunoin is a wonderfully atmospheric cemetery in the temple town of Koya-san up in the Kansai mountains. Tombs and Buddhist statues are scattered throughout an ancient forest of giant cedar trees. These statues with woollen hats and red bibs are Jizo Bodhisattvas. Jizo is one of the most beloved figures of Japanese Buddhism and protects the souls of deceased children, including those that were miscarried, aborted or stillborn.
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