Tokyo by Day
Jizo Statues - In Japanese Buddhism, children who die before their parents, or during childbirth are said to be destined to forever stack rocks in purgatory on the riverbed of souls because they did not have a chance to live long enough to accumulate good karma. Jizo is a self-sacrificing diety that will hide these children in the sleeves of his robe to smuggle them across the river and into the afterlife.
The knit hats and bibs are placed on the statues by grieving parents to help their lost children and aid Jizo. Red is often used as it is said to ward off evil spirits, provide safety and protection.