The naked Jizō of Denkōji in Nara
The name of this temple literally means “transmitted fragrance.” The grounds of Denkōji house a kindergarten, but the temple itself is not open to other visitors except on the 23rd of July, for the ceremonial clothing of it’s hidden buddha, a wooden statue of the bodhisattva Jizō. The cast-off robes of the previous year are cut into strips and distributed to worshippers as protective amulets.
Denkōji Jizō statue
statue in situ
Denkōji Jizō robed
famous camellias of Denkōji