I was in Japan only three months ago so the image of this wonderful country and its inhabitants is very vivid in my memory. Watching how the people suffer there is so painful and what can I do? I can only feel sympathy, affection, sadness. I look at my photos and my eyes are full of tears.
Jizō is one of the most loved of all Japanese divinities. His statues are a common sight, especially by roadsides and in graveyards. Traditionally, he is seen as the guardian of children, particularly children who died before their parents. Since the 1980s, he has been worshiped as the guardian of the souls of mizuko, the souls of stillborn, miscarried or aborted fetuses. In Japanese mythology, it is said that the souls of children who die before their parents are unable to cross the mythical Sanzu River on their way to the afterlife because they have not had the chance to accumulate enough good deeds and because they have made the parents suffer. It is believed that Jizō saves these souls from having to pile stones eternally on the bank of the river as penance, by hiding them from demons in his robe, and letting them hear mantras.
Jizō statues are sometimes accompanied by a little pile of stones and pebbles, put there by people in the hope that it would shorten the time children have to suffer in the underworld. The statues can sometimes be seen wearing tiny children's clothing or bibs, or with toys, put there by grieving parents to help their lost ones and hoping that Jizō would specially protect them. As he is seen as the saviour of souls who have to suffer in the underworld, his statues are common in cemeteries. He is also believed to be the protective deity of travelers, and roadside statues of Jizō are a common sight in Japan.
Jizo from Nagano temple Zenko-ji.
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delpeoples (52309) 2011-03-13 3:57
Hello dear Malgo
Such a beautiful thought for the poor people of Japan. The scenes on the TV are horrifying and the news seems to get worse and worse. But the Japanese are a courageous race, and I know they will get through this. Your photo is a quality shot, beautifully coloured and contrasted.
TFS and I wish you a lovely day
ghost_man (1006) 2011-03-13 4:09
Frame, colors, composition is an excellent working ... Wonderful.
bukitgolfb301 (34278) 2011-03-13 4:15
Hi my dear Malgo, sincere friend
Many thanks for your warm regards and sincere encouragement. Yes we have JIZO, that is right.
That will give us mercy. I admire you study Japan very much. Thanks for your sharing and have a good weekend,
sacavem (18610) 2011-03-13 4:27
The terrible images they saw on television, will surely be even more serious for those who live and are currently in distress.Your image is a message of comfort and peace for the people of Japan. TFS
The colors, light and POV were well captured.
Nota: about the photo of Bellagio, it's amazing how the two photos are so similar:)
ktanska (23932) 2011-03-13 4:46
This one fits well as a way to remember Japanese suffering from untold tragedies. Beautiful, very Japanese style picture and excellent note.
jhm (134540) 2011-03-13 4:59
Everyone will feel with the victims in Japan, as always are the children the most victims, sometimes without parents.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Composition and presentation are very well. TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-03-13 5:53
Beautiful image of Buddha holding the child. Nicely shot and posted here to give hope to the people of Japan. Nice colors and clarity.
Sergiom (53863) 2011-03-13 6:56
Très beau cadrage vertical. La composition est excellente et place très bien la statue dans l'image. L'arrière plan est très beau en cet arbre magnifique.
holmertz (36459) 2011-03-13 8:53
This may be your most beautiful picture so far from Japan, not just because of the heartbreaking circumstances these days. The colours and composition are superb and the light is lovely.
giorgimer (34800) 2011-03-13 11:38
wonderful post, very intense, with love to all japanese friends
Mari63 (4085) 2011-03-13 14:40
Ciao cara Malgo,
Attinente questa immagine al momento attuale.
Immagine ottimamente saturata. Eccelente nitidezza e saturazione.
Un abbraccio Mari
Ricx (13495) 2011-03-13 14:43
Hi Malgo- a special image and a very fine dedication to this awful disaster.. Your photos is beautiful and your note just so lovely..
I look forward to seeing you in May.. hopefully you will have a few days-- I have an extra room and or a narrow boat you can stay on.. I am not sure if you have ever been on a narrow boat- .. Its great fun as it winds itself through the English country side.. Rich
ciakgiak (30405) 2011-03-13 15:41
hai perfettamente ragione, queste immagini che arrivano dal Giappone adesso gridano dolore e rabbia per l'immane tragedia che ha colpito il suo popolo.
I colori in questa foto sono superbi, la qualità e la scelta del soggetto perfetti.
Un caro abbraccio
Charo (51208) 2011-03-13 16:20
Poświęcić ładny obrazek dla dzieci będących ofiarami katastrofy w Japonii, którego wszyscy smutni i przytłoczony.
Mam nadzieję, że nie dane wypadku nadal rosły.
saxo042 (36728) 2011-03-13 16:34
A very beautiful picture, with warm colours and a perfect composition. A very appropriate photo, showing deep respect to the suffering Japanese people.
Sonata11 (33117) 2011-03-13 17:56
piekny pomnik ktory przemawiam sam za siebie. Doskonaly wybor zdjecia i jednoczesnie bardzo ciekawa historia. Wydarzyla sie ogramna tragedia ktora nie mozna wyrazic zadnymi slowami.
jjcordier (72680) 2011-03-13 23:48
Une très jolie photo. La lumière est belle, les couleurs aussi et ton cadrage parfait. Comment ne pas souligner aussi l'émotion que l'on ressent en voyant cette image si symbolique?
ikeharel (51563) 2011-03-14 2:35
An excelent shot, Malgo.
The enhanced red scarf on Budha is in good contrast to green statue, blue sky and surroundings.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-03-14 4:30
A very good image and a sympatic idea for the Japanese people i!n this difficult time. Image very well composed in a vertical format well selcetd. good chromatic contrast too.
gmg (4202) 2011-03-14 6:09
Nice image and beautiful and interesting note.
AiresSantos (56155) 2011-03-14 6:49
Hi my dear friend Malgorzata
lovely colors, excellent sharpness and light
lousat (71485) 2011-03-14 10:03
Hi Malgo,no comment...a little tribute for a great tragedy.Luciano.
Silvio1953 (115213) 2011-03-14 12:50
Ciao Malgorzata, bella immagine di maternità, mi ricorda Iside e Horus o la Madoonna col Bambino, splendida nitidezza e bei colori, commovente dedica, brava, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (81546) 2011-03-14 13:30
Ciekawe sa te japonskie rzezby,
o drzewie nie wspomne...
Dobry kadr i super kolorystyka.
- Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) (72344)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-08
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Event, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): 11-03-2011 Japan in mourning [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-13 3:43