Zenizuka Jizo-do Hall
One day in the early 18th century, a certain housewife happened to dig up a jar full of coins from her garden. Worried, however, that she and her husband would become lazy due to reliance on this new-found wealth and lose what they had, she decided to put it back into the ground. This mind-set brought the family prosperity. The couple placed a statue of Bodhisattva Jizo on the spot where she had buried the jar.
   Zenizuka Jizo-do Hall enshrines this image of Bodhisattva Jizo, still visited by large numbers of people praying for success in business. The coins are said to be buried under the stone pagoda housing six statues of Bodhisattva Jizo in the center of the hall. Thus originated the name zenizuka (“mound where the treasure is buried”). Buddhist ceremonies are offered each month on dates containing the number four (4, 14 and 24), and a particularly large ceremony is held on the 24th of January, May and September.
   The current Jizo-do Hall was reconstructed in 1964. Visitors to the hall offer salt, incense and candles to the images of Jizo. Because of the salt used to purify the Jizo images, the statues here are also known as Shioname-jizo (Salt-licking Jizo).
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