The Garden of Statues of Unborn Children

by MSO
statues in Japan honoring unborn children

Parents of stillborn children can leave toys and dress up the statues at this cemetery which can help them through the grieving process.

There is a sacred burial ground in Tokyo called the Zojoji Temple. This garden is filled with fantastic statues and gardens. In one particular garden, rows of stone statues stand – these small statues represent the unborn (miscarried, aborted, stillborn) children of Japan.

When a parent loses their child, they can choose a statue in the garden and decorate it with small clothing and toys. There is a belief that the garden is protected by Jizobosatusu, who guards the souls of stillborn children. He protects the souls of and brings them, hidden from demons, to the afterlife because they have not had the chance to the good deeds necessary to make it to the afterlife.

Usually the statues are accompanied by a small gift for Jizobosatusu to ensure that they are brought to the afterlife. Sometimes they pile stones by the statue, as a way to shorten the amount of suffering a child has to do on the way to the afterlife.

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