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These little Buddha statues are known as Jizō, or Ojizō-sama. This divinity is seen as the guardian of children and of the souls of mizuko, the souls of stillborn, miscarried or aborted foetuses, in the ritual of mizuko kuyō (offering to water children).
This picture was taken at the Hase-dera temple in Sakurai in the Nara Prefecture. Sometimes these buddha statues also wear bibs and caps but here they were uniform which made this view very impressive.
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