The knitted caps and pinwheels on these stone statues looked whimsical to me at first glance. But when I read the caption, I was surprised to see that the statues represented a much more serious homage.
Rows of stone statuettes, or 'Ksitigarbha' at Zojoji temple in Tokyo, Japan, 24 January 2008. The stone statuettes knowns as 'Mizukojizo' are owned by individuals who wish to soothe the souls of unborn babies and dead children. There are approximately 1,300 mizukojizo's at Zojoji temple.