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Jizo (childrens’ guardian deity) in Hasedera, Kamakura. Jizo statues are a common sight in Japan. The deity is seen as a guardian of children, especially children who died before their parents. Japanese people have great respect and reverence for theses statues. It is also common to see them wearing children’s clothing or bibs, provided by the parents who have lost a child