February 24, 2011

Ume (Japanese apricot) flowers and a Jizo-bosatsu image in Engaku-ji

The Ume flowers were presented as an offering to the little stone statue of Jizo-bosatsu that was basking in the spring sun.

Jizo-bosatsu is the Buddhist guardian deity of stray travelers and children and is believed to descend into Hell by himself for rescuing them from there.

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