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Japanese graveyards are almost always linked to a nearby Buddhist temple and feature stone statues of various Buddhist deities, most commonly Jizō Bosatsu, Nyoirin Kannon and Amida. These three Buddhist deities are perhaps the most popular saviors in modern Japan. Curiously, funerals and graveyards are managed almost entirely by Buddhist temples, not by Shintō shrines. Shrines mostly handle christenings and baptisms and joyous events.

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