Specs: 1.77″ x 1.96″ x 2.75″ inches
Color: Beige stone
Add-on charms will be added as adornment around his neck for your Jizo.
In Japan, they have a memorial service dedicated to unborn children or babies who’ve passed away shortly after birth. This service is called Mizuko kuyō (水子供養). Although this is thought of as a traditional Buddhist practice, lots of people from all over the world, Japanese or not, have found comfort in partaking in some kind of ritual to honor the death of their babies and to comfort their grieving parents.
Jizo is the Buddhist deity known as protector of such miscarried, stillborn, and aborted children. He is said to hide them in his robes for safety and guides their souls to safe passage to their afterlives.
During Mizuko kuyō, which literally means “water child ceremony,” they have a display of Jizo statues lining altars and rock gardens. They are often adorned in red garments such as caps, bibs, pouches, and robes hand-sewn by mothers attending the ceremony.
You may not be living in Japan, but anyone can now perform their very own Mizuko kuyō in the comfort and privacy of their own home. With these mini Jizo statues, you can dedicate a sacred space in your home or garden where your yearly memorial service can take place to remember your angel baby. Any time of the year, you can visit this space to offer prayers or for reflection and meditation during particularly difficult times.
Besides yourself, this would also be a wonderful sympathy gift to someone who’s lost a child as well and a neat introduction to this style of Japanese mourning.