Posted by: softypapa | February 4, 2008

Japanese Dosojin Statue – Gods of Marriage & family

Japanese Dosojin Statue Gods Marriage Family Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Japanese Dosojin Statue Gods Marriage Family Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Japanese Dosojin Statue Gods Marriage Family Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Japanese Dosojin Statue Gods Marriage Family Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Japanese Dosojin Statue Gods Marriage Family Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Japanese Dosojin Stuatue Gods Marriage Family Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Japanese Dosojin Stuatue Gods Marriage Family Japan Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Vintage ceramic Japanese Dosojin statue.  This figure is less than 40 years old and in very good condition with no chips or cracks and doubles as a bell with a pleasant ring.

I brought my skateboard with me the first time I visited Japan (I was fairly young back then) and what a great decision that turned out to be!  As with my board I was able to skate and explore city and countryside alike at a fun and leisurely pace.  My favorite skating experience at that time was when I was visiting friends in the countryside where the freshly repaved roads proved to be a skater’s paradise.  I remember spending many hours pumping and gliding about the flatlands and low foothills admiring the beauty of rice and tea fields and exploring impressive old temples and shrines.  While making my way along those smooth, tar black country roads I would, from time to time, spot small stone statues arranged along the roadside, often with human-looking figures carved into them.  The statues did most commonly depict a single human form, though I remember spotting a few statues with what appeared to be an older couple carved into the stone.  Years later I learned that these statues, which are common throughout Japan, are actually very special representations of roadside deities called Dosojin.  Such statues are normally quite old and were in the past commonly installed at the boundary of villages, at busy intersections or along country roads for the protection of travelers and local residents.  The happy couple images I saw are actually a special type of Dosojin, revered as the kami (deity) of marriage and fertility (or easy childbirth in some cases).  Dosojin are today still quite common along older roads and highways and remain a very special and important element of Japanese culture (especially for those who enjoy taking in the sights via skateboard!).

Size:
Height: 3.9 inches (10.0 centimeters)
Weight: 5.9 ounces (169 grams)

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item code: R3S6B2-0003724
ship code: L1650

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