Jizo-in, also known as the Bamboo Temple, thanks to its bamboo forest, was built in 1367 by the Hosakawa family. The temple flourished for five generations before the Onin war destroyed most of the buildings like so many others in Kyoto. Its simple and quiet garden, not to mention the bamboo forest can be beautiful if the light is right. The temple’s name with the word Jizo in it refers to the small stone statues known to be guardians of women, children and travelers which, can often be found along roads as well as in many temples in Japan.
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