Carved statue of Jizō in the woods of Kiriyama Kinshicho City, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku Central, Japan. As Jizō, the bodhisattva has become one of the most beloved figures of Japanese Buddhism. Jizō is the protector of children, expectant mothers, firemen, and travelers. Most of all, he is the protector of deceased children, including miscarried, aborted or stillborn infants. In Japanese folklore, Jizō hides the children in his robes to protect them from demons and guide them to salvation.