These are small jizo statues at the Hasedera temple in Kamakura, Japan. This famous Buddhist temple houses larger statues, too – including an enormous wooden statue of Kannon (the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy). It’s one of the largest wooden statues in Japan (at 30 feet), and has 11 heads.

Jizo statues represent the Jizo bodhisattva, who is the protector of children (unborn, alive, and deceased), expectant mothers, firemen, seamen, and travelers.

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