The Jizo Statues of Zojo-ji Temple

Beauty and Sadness at the Foot of the Tokyo Tower

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

Zojo-ji Temple sits just under the Tokyo Tower and this contrast of old and new is impressive. But for me, the most beautiful, saddest and unique part of the temple is the rows and rows of clothed and decorated jizo statues, situated to the right of the main temple building. The statues represent the souls of unborn children: those who died before birth, as well as those yet to be born. Some of the statues here are well taken care of and obviously visited often, while others are neglected and alone.

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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! (Visit my online gallery) 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. Website: Contact me: