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A Guide to Jizo, Guardian of Travelers and the Weak
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, guardian, Jizo, Jizo statue, Buddhism, children, safety, culture, interesting )

Naoko
- 744 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
This is th Jizo we know and love, the Jizo full of awesomeness, compassion and furtitude. Jizo does not get angry, nor does he ever give up, even when trampled and stepped upon like earth. He guides us on our travels, gives power to those who are weak>>
'Divine Power' Behind Gravity-Defying Stones Draws Visitors to Remote Mountainside
Offbeat  (tags: unusual, gravity-defying, remote montainside, stones, power spot, boom, divine power, Japan, jizo statue )

Naoko
- 1255 days ago - mdn.mainichi.jp
"Wow, that's weird." That's how two women in their 30s described the three stones in front of them -- two of them upright like transplants from Stonehenge with a third, cube-shaped rock on top, reminding one of a die held up between two fingers.
Nurse Reveals Role of Postwar Clinic
Offbeat  (tags: women, World War II, Soviet soldiers, 1946, abortion, raped, suffering, witness, nurse, jizo statue, souls of children, babies, Japan, Fukuoka, children )

Naoko
- 1336 days ago - asahi.com
For about 18 months from March 1946, a government-approved recuperation center was set up to perform abortions on women returning from mainland Asia. Many had been raped by Soviet soldiers in the waning days of World War II.
   

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