The Children at Taya Cavern

Unfortunately for any of you still reading this blog, I have figured out the ICloud. Which means I`ve been looking through thousands of pictures, which I will now force upon you. Hopefully it won`t be as bad as looking at baby pictures or reading Christmas cards that come with a summary of the year`s (uninteresting to me) events. However, if after this post I lose a few subscribers I`ll understand that several of you would have preferred I keep my pictures to myself. Touché.

SO- my last blog post was about Taya Cavern. I didn`t include this part in that post because there`s nothing funny about it. Upon entrance to the caves, there are thousands of these Jizo Statues- each representing a dead child. Personalized in different ways, it`s a heart-wrenching display.

Here are a few:

 

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Rest in Peace sweet ones.

 

 

 

 

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8 Responses to The Children at Taya Cavern

  1. Mary Kay says:

    beautiful, heart wrenching.

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  2. Linda Barnhart says:

    I am very happy to got on these virtual (to me) travels with you! Keep them coming.

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  3. Very touching. I remember thinking the same thought about the statues lining walkways in Japan with red velvet capes tied to them, living in a mossy, verdant place. Thanks for the memory leap. It’s now been over 20 years since I lived in Japan. So many memories. Hope you are well.

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  4. thegannans says:

    I like this post, Emily. Sad yes, but for the parents and grandparents of these little ones a source of comfort, I would think. I also note that you say you have “Cracked the Cloud”. The cloud cracked here yesterday and we have had lots of rain. Need more though. Back to subject. I have not found stuff that has allegedly gone into the “Cloud”. Looking forward to seeing what you manage to pull out of the cloud. Good luck. Paul

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  5. These statues are so touching. Are they placed in this cavern by the child’s family as a kind of memorial?

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    • Yes- and for prayers/ offerings from the dieties that reside at that shrine. There are a few scattered through out Japan- one in Kamakura has toys- I find that one the most heart wrenching. Shrines usually have a specific “theme” they are known for- so people will travel to them for that particular reason.

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