Reformer’s Grave and Big Jizo, Stroll at Fukagawa, Tokyo #2

Jizo of 6 Jizo of Edo, Reigenji temple

One of the copper 6 Jizo statues in middle Edo period. Fukagawa resident monk Shogen had been struck by incurable disease. After praying with his parents for sure of the disease to Jizo Bosatsu, Shogen was commenced in 1706 to collect public donations. Then a statue of Jizo Bosatsu was erected at each of six locations in Edo. The body and the lotus-shaped pedestal of each statue were inised with the names of solicitors and the year of construction. The statues were cast by Caster Ota Suruganokami Masayoshi in Kandanabe town. Anti-Buddhist movement at the beginning of the Meiji period destroyed the sixth Jizo at Eitaiji temple in Fukagawa, so there are 5 remaining statues now. This was erected in 1717 as the 5th statue. ompared with the others, it has longer nails on the hands and the 4 fingers of the left hand holding Hoju sacred gem are in close contact with each other. The height of the statue is 273 cm.

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