The Jizo Statues of Zojo-ji Temple

Beauty and Sadness at the Foot of the Tokyo Tower

By Larry Knipfing   Jun 3, 2012 - 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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