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Jizo is known as the gurdian deity of children and travelers in the Japanese culture.
You can see them in a lot of place around Japan.
When you visit Shrine,you can see two animals in front of the entrance.
One is "Shishi"which is guardian lion and his mouth is opened.
Other is "Komainu"which is guardian dog and his mouth is closed.
They protect Shines.
He protects a house from evil spirits and he is the god of Study.
You can find on the entrance roof of Japanese traditional houses in Kyoto.Especially you can see him at Gion which is famous place for Maiko.There are many kind of Shoki,please check out when
you visit Kyoto！