Jizo statue, Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto
Jizo statue at Kiyomizu-dera. Jizo is a traditional deity, protector of still-born children and help dead souls. Now absorbed into the Buddhist pantheon as a Bosatsu, the statues are distinguished by the red bib.
Kiyomizu-dera is one of the most spectacular temples we have ever seen – and we have seen plenty! Kiyomizu was founded in 798, but the present building dates from 1633. The huge wooden veranda is over 13 m high, and the popular saying “jumping off the stage at Kiyomizu” means to take a leap into the unknown, or to take a risk in business. There is not a single nail used in the construction of the complex.
Unfortunately, when we were there the main hall was undergoing renovations. The setting at the foot of the Higashiyama mountains is as spectacular as the building