It’s been “Jizo-Bon” time now. ( What’s “Jizo“? ) You can find Jizo in old towns and country side especially at a corner of the street. It has some specific difficult meaning, but commonly people believe that Jizo is God to look after kids, like watching kids to grow healthy and clever.
So, one night and one morning a year in the end of the summer, kids have to ‘labor’ to show their love and respect for Jizo. They call it as “Jizo-bon“. Embarrassing but, I don’t know exactly what it is. I’d never cared about it when I was a kid, because this event was not just a religious thing but a very very exciting day for me! Kids can get treats after their labor! It’s like Japanese Halloween.
The candles were carried with hands to hands from the shrine to Jizos. ( This temple has a lot of Jizos.)
The evening ceremony was end.
Next morning, from 5 o’clock!! kids started to go around all temples and Jizo houses they know by bikes to get treats!! It IS the main thing!!
I taught my kids the locations of Jizos( it’s 7 places!), so I hope they could go by themselves next year. From 5 am..it’s awful for an adult to bike all the way….