Nasu Yumoto's 1000 Jizo Statues

Like other jizo statues: sadness and beauty combined

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

Nasu Yumoto is known for strong, health-giving, sulphur hot springs. The smell permeates the air and clings to your clothes. In the same area, you can also find a scary mythological rock, and an elegant local shrine. Add to that this field of 1000 Jizo, a collection of statues spread out across a field. There is a story, of course: Of a very bad boy who while visiting the area with some friends, is suddenly caught in a flow of lava. He dies, and because of his evil lifestyle, is destined for hell. Afterwards, jizo are brought to the field where he died to give comfort to him in the afterlife.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you.