Tokyo (Un)explained Book Project: TokyoBookProject_Mingasson_0096

SUGANO, TOKYO: At Koganji Temple, people scrub and dry the highly popular Togenuki Jizo statue which depicts the popular Jizo Bodhisattva, and is thought to help heal ailments. People line up in a queue to wash the statue with small hand towels which they then press to their ailing body part in hope of relief. Sugamo is a shopping district along Tokyo's Yamanote Line that famously caters to the elderly. The district's popular, 800 meter long Jizo Dori shopping street is also affectionately known as the {quote}Old Ladies' Harajuku{quote} in lighthearted comparison to the Harajuku district's status as one of Japan's foremost youthful shopping and fashion destinations (photo Gilles Mingasson).

SUGANO, TOKYO: At Koganji Temple, people scrub and dry the highly popular Togenuki Jizo statue which depicts the popular Jizo Bodhisattva, and is thought to help heal ailments. People line up in a queue to wash the statue with small hand towels which they then press to their ailing body part in hope of relief. Sugamo is a shopping district along Tokyo's Yamanote Line that famously caters to the elderly. The district's popular, 800 meter long Jizo Dori shopping street is also affectionately known as the "Old Ladies' Harajuku" in lighthearted comparison to the Harajuku district's status as one of Japan's foremost youthful shopping and fashion destinations (photo Gilles Mingasson).