Interesting Things You Will See

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Throughout your tour you will see Jizo statues on the side of the road and deep in the forest. The Japanese believe you go to the Sanzu river when you die for your soul to be judged. Little children who have died young have not committed any sin and cannot be judged and are left on the banks of the Sanzu river in limbo. The souls of the little children gather pebbles around the banks and build them into towers to heaven. Sadly the towers are knocked down by demons lurking on the banks of the Sanzu river. Every once in a while the Mizo Buddha comes to the banks of the river and scoops the souls of the little children and saves them, sending them to heaven. The demos are afraid of the color red, and that is why they are usually in red clothing.

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Throughout the countryside you will see stone lanterns. They are to shine the message of the Buddha and everything in its presence.

Throughout the countryside you will see Hokora, or Japanese spirit houses used to bless the spirits of the area.