Kotoku-in Temple is a Buddhist Japanese temple of the Pure Land sect. The Kotoku-in Temple is renowned for the Kamakura Great Buddha , a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha which is one of the most famous icons of Japan.
These are the streets the line the road to Kotoku-in Temple.
Shuriken – Anyone?
Medieval armor too…WTF??!
There’re many other souvenir shops around too, plenty of lucky charms!
Stopped by for some Ice-cream!
Alright! We’re almost there!!
Past the final souvenir shop before arriving at…..
There’s a little peaceful garden you have to walk thru, before finally arriving at the Great Buddha.
These are the gardens and they truly give you a sense of serenity.
Past the gardens and it’s the long pathway that leads straight to the Daibutsu.
There it is!
The Kamakura Daibutsu in Kotoku-in temple, is Japan’s second-largest Buddha image and Kamakura’s most famous sight..
The statue dates from about 1252, in the Kamakura period, when temple records report the construction of a bronze statue.
No one knows if that was & still is, the present statue.
The Great Buddha itself is the Amida Buddha, worshiped by the followers of the Jodo school as a figure of salvation.
In the temple grounds.
(I suppose those were his shoes/sandals?)
Wonder what size he wore….
The statue was built inside a wooden temple but that building got washed away in a tsunami sometime during a period in the late fifteenth century.
Thankfully, the statue still remains.
The Great Buddha of Kamakura.
The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a huge monumental outdoor statue of Amida Buddha located in the grounds of the Kotoku-in Temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
It is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotoku-in Temple. With a height of 13.35 meters, it weighs close close to 850 tonnes.
It is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara’s Todaiji Temple.
More info on Nara’s Todaiji Temple, here:
The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall. However, the temple buildings were destroyed multiple times by typhoons. So, since 1495, the Buddha has been standing sitting in the open air.
According to temple records, the bronze statue probably dates from 1252, in the Kamakura period,
It was actually preceded by a giant wooden Buddha, which was completed in 1243 after ten years of continuous labor.
The funds having been raised by Lady Inada (Inada-no-Tsubone) and the Buddhist priest Joko of Totomi.
That wooden statue was damaged by a storm in 1248, and the hall containing it was destroyed, so priest Joko suggested making another statue of bronze, and the huge amount of money necessary for this and for a new hall was raised for the project.
At one time, the statue was gilded and also, there are still traces of gold leaf near the statue’s ears.
It is unclear, however, whether the statue constructed in 1252 is the same statue as the present statue.
Another similar theory is that – Its construction is said to have also been been inspired by Yoritomo’s visit to Nara – where Japan’s biggest Daibutsu holds court.
Upon that, by the priest named Joko, who alone collected donations to build it.
All this happened after the Minamoto clan’s victory over the rival Taira clan, built as a commemoration of peace.
The sculptors were One-Goroemon and Tanji-Hisatomo.
Even though Kamakura’s Daibutsu doesn’t quite match Nara’s Daibutsu in stature, it is commonly agreed that it is artistically superior.
The statue of Kamakura Daibutsu is hollow, and visitors can view the interior for a mere 20 Yen a person.
We took the Enoden railway back..
And finally arrived back in Tokyo.
Did some last minute grocery shopping before finally taking another train, heading home.
Just before boarding the train…
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