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Makeup Jizo
化粧地蔵
Picture of a Variety of Makeup Jizō
      The Inagaki area of Tsugaru City has a very unique tradition: adorning jizō statues with makeup and homemade clothing. In Buddhism, a jizō is a bodhisattva believed to be the guardian deity of children, particularly of children who passed away before their parents. The makeup jizō are carved from wood or stone, placed on altars, given names and decorated with makeup and clothes, which are changed periodically. It is said that this tradition came from Kyoto by means of the Kitamaebune naval shipping route. The jizō can be found all around the Inagaki area.

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