By John R K Clark
Jizo, essentially the most liked Buddhist deities in Japan, is understood basically because the mother or father of kids and tourists. In coastal parts, fishermen and swimmers additionally glance to him for defense. quickly after their arrival within the overdue 1800s, issei (first-generation jap) coastline fishermen all started casting for ulua on Hawai'i's treacherous sea cliffs, the place they risked being swept off the rocky ledges. based on quite a few drownings, Jizo statues have been erected close to harmful fishing and swimming websites, together with renowned Bamboo Ridge, close to the Blowhole in Hawai'i Kai; Kawaihapai Bay in Mokule'ia; and Kawailoa seashore in Hale'iwa. father or mother of the ocean tells the tale of a compassionate team of fellows who raised those statues as a provider to their groups. the ocean shines a mild on a little-known aspect of Hawai'i's previous. It contains worthwhile firsthand money owed taken from interviews with nisei (second-generation) fishermen and citizens and articles from Japanese-language newspapers courting way back to the early 1900s. as well as history info on Jizo as a parent deity and ancient info on Jizo statues in Hawai'i, the writer discusses shorecasting suggestions and firms, which as soon as performed a key function within the lives of neighborhood jap. even supposing shorecasting this present day is finished extra for activity than subsistence, it continues to be a big ocean task within the Islands. major contribution to our realizing of contemporary Hawai'i heritage.
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