The Japanese deity Jizō (地蔵) is the protector of children, pregnant women,
firemen, travellers and pilgrims. He has many forms, including Mizuko Jizō (水子地蔵) or Water-Child Jizō, the guardian of children who die prematurely
due to miscarriage, abortion or any other means. It’s relatively easy to
identify this deity, since he’s often carrying a baby. He’s also surrounded by
toys left by a parent whose child has been cured of an illness thanks to Jizō’s
intervention, or a gift to help a deceased child in the afterlife.