Jizo at Zojoji, Tokyo

22 03 2009

I decided to film a peaceful moment in the middle of Tokyo–the jizo statues with pinwheels at Zojoji Temple in Minato-ku. You can also hear the noisy crows in the background.

Zojoji Temple, founded in 1393, sits in the middle of a very busy and affluent neighborhood in Tokyo called Minato-ku. It is frequently photographed for postcards and promotional materials because Tokyo Tower looms behind it and the contrast between old and new is obvious.

The statues in this video are called “jizo” and symbolize the Ojizo-sama divinity that protects children, especially those who have died before their parents.

Zojoji Temple
Jodo Shu Main Temple
4-7-35 Shibakoen Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011 Japan
Tel: (81)3-3432-1431

The closest subway stations are Onarimon or Shibakoen Station on the Mita Subway Line and Daimon Station on the Oedo Subway Line. The temple can also be reached in a ten minute walk from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line.




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