Jomyo-in Temple   浄名院

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The Jomyo-in at Toyko gathers over eighty-four thousand idols in the image of Jizo, god of pilgrims and children.

The Jomyo-in at Toyko gathers over eighty-four thousand idols in the image of Jizo, god of pilgrims and children.

Idol fields

Tucked between the Yanaka cemetery and Kaneiji temple in Ueno Park, Jomyo-in's plot is recognizable by its thousands of stone statuettes.

Dedicated to Jizo, god of pilgrims and children, Jomyo-in is said to have over 84,000 idols in Jizo's image. However, these differ from the usual representative statuettes where red or white bibs are worn deemed to protect children. Here, the statutes are enthroned in a stone frame and aligned in multiple rows in the garden of the temple. It is customary to pick up the pieces of broken rock and place them close to the nearest statue.

Before becoming a full-fledged temple, the Jomyoin was the residence of one of the priests of the Kaneiji temple and today, it still stands in its shadow. On October 6th, a ceremony celebrates the hechima, a squash native to Okinawa, said to cure respiratory diseases.

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