Friday, February 19, 2010

Red Hats & Bibs: Individual style

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Conforming to the group, and not standing out from the crowd, are attributes much cherished in Japan. And so it is also for the statues. There is a standard cap and bib that most statues wear.

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Among the 1,500 statues in Tachikue Gorge, however, there were some statues wearing unique and individual outfits. This guy could not be cosier.

tachi6051

For some the Russian peasant woman look is the way to go.

tachi6053

Kawaii (cute) is always an option in Japan.

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But for some, "au naturelle"

5 comments:

  1. this is so funny. i find these bonnets and bibs a bit befuddling and amusing even still ^_^ thanks for this ^_^

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  2. Hilarious! Thanks so much for the morning smile.

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  3. It's less befuddling and sadly less kawaii when you realize that many jizo represent aborted or miscarried fetuses ... as such, they are doomed to Buddhist hell, where they are naked and eternally attempting to climb atop pillars of stones. The would-be (or would-not-be in the cases of abortion) mothers often knit these garments to keep these spirits warm.

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