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Ojizo-sama, Guardian of Travelers!

Have you seen these small cute smiling faces carved on stone on the road sides of Japan? These sculptures will never go unnoticed by any traveler. These are found near the mountains, temples, bridges or at the end of a street. Generally, these sculptures are called Dosojin, protector of travelers and pedestrians. Author’s photo In…

The Kamakura Hiking Trail

Kamakura is a small place about an hour outside of Tokyo. There are roughly 20 shrines in Kamakura and more than sixty temples – so it’s a town rich in history. Shokozan Tokeiji Temple Author’s photo Leaving the extremely cute Kita-Kamakura station, cross over the road and right in front of you is the Shokozan…

Jizo, the Protector of the Children’s Souls

Have you ever seen a little buddha statue on your way to the nearest supermarket, or maybe, on a roadside while heading to your college? Ever wondered what exactly those little buddhas are? Those little buddhas are called Jizo or politely ‘o-jizo sama’. They are said to guide Buddhists to Nirvana. And are the most…