An oni is an imaginary evil demon described in history books written in 8th century Japan. They have an angry expression, horns and fangs, and are dressed in a tiger’s skin-like garment. Ancient rulers sometimes considered political and religious enemies as “”demons”” and used them as an excuse to conquer them. Ogres appear in many Japanese stories.
Folk tales such as Momotaro, and even today, the word “”oni”” refers to a person who shows no mercy to others. Jizo is one of the most popular Buddhist Bodhisattvas in Japan. Many Jizo bodhisattvas wear red red hats because they are believed to help dead children go to heaven.
Jizo is a Japanese name for a bodhisattva, a bodhisattva, who has attained enlightenment through the Heart Sutra, but has postponed buddhahood (nirvana) in order to help others attain enlightenment and move beyond “”reincarnation””. There are many Jizo Bodhisattvas, each with a different name, but these are more modern and unique to Japan than to the Buddhist traditions of the Asian continent. Jizo Bodhisattva, which originated in India, is more widely worshipped in Japan, Korea and China than in India and Tibet.