Ojizō-sama appears in Japanese folk-tales, and has been well-known throughout Japan from ancient times to the modern day. He is said to be the protector of travelers, children, and pregnant women. Due to this, you can often see a small Jizō (stone monk) statue dotting the roads in the Japanese countryside.
In fact, the characters Satsuki and Mei from the famous movie “My Neighbor Totoro” took shelter from the rain in front of a Jizō statue.
In the modern age, people who are constantly in a rush can find peace and healing in the image of the cute Ojizō-sama. Allow us to introduce a series featuring the small and cute expressions of that Jizō.
This is a really popular item in Japan.
Engi-mono (Lucky Charms)
The Japanese have had a long-standing love for these good luck charms.
Beckoning Cat ( maneki-neko)
His front paws brings in fortune, and customers.
It is said that the maneki-neko’s right paw brings in good fortune while his left pat brings in people or customers. This cat can be found throughout Japan since ancient times decorating shops and stores wishing for business prosperity. For a really thriving business you should set up two maneki-neko.
Ohajiki is a traditional Japanese game like marbles. Hakata ohajiki is a traditional craft that has an origin in Hakata.
Magic wishing mallet
Appearing in legends about a mallet that conjures gold coins and the object of your wishes when waved.
Tai (sea bream)
A play on the Japanese word Medetai (joyous), the Japanese people also have a love for words that contain omens of good fortune.
Tsuru-Kame (Crane and Turtle)
It is said that the crane signifies 1,000 years, and the turtle 10,000 years. Together, the crane and turtle are animals of longevity and good fortune.