Officials at the Pocatello Regional Airport are asking for help locating a missing statue. The statue of an enlightened being known in East Asian cultures as a protector of travelers is missing from the Kizuna Japanese Garden at the Pocatello Regional Airport.
The statue of Jizo Bosatsu disappeared from the garden sometime between August 16 and August 21, 2013. The statue has been located at the Japanese Garden since the garden’s dedication in July 2012. The figure sat on a large rock representing Honshu, one of the islands of Japan.
Airport and Pocatello Arts Council officials are extremely disappointed and perplexed that someone would take the statue as it has no significant financial value. The item was donated to the Kizuna Garden by the Hugh and Mary Suenaga family and has great sentimental value.
“Hugh’s maternal grandmother brought Jizo with her on the boat passage to America,” said Airport manager David Allen. Mr. Allen speculates that because it is rather heavy, the statue must have meant a lot to her to travel so far with it. “It has tremendous sentimental value to Hugh and Mary, and they donated it to the garden because Jizo protects travelers and because the statue would serve the community in posterity,” Allen said.
Allen asks that anyone with information about the statue contact his office at 208-234-6154. “Or better yet, Jizo can be returned to the Airport administration office in the terminal during regular hours, no questions asked,” Allen said.