When I visited the Ruriji temple, a series of paintings depicting the passage of souls after death was being exhibited. One of the images showed O-Jizō-san and the souls of children by the Sai beach on the Sanzu river. In the book “Glimpses of an Unfamiliar Japan” (1894), Lafcadio Hearn reproduces the story of O-Jizō-san and the souls of childen….
Since I arrived in Japan I started to encounter little Jizos everywhere I went. I knew nothing about him, but I was very attracted by the small Jizo statues. As I began to know more, and being myself a traveler, my sympathy for him increased. Jizo Bosatsu was an enlightened monk that postponed Buddhahood to help beings in the six realms of existence. He is a protector of travelers and children. It is believed that when children die they remain trapped between worlds. Jizo helps children to move forward in their path.