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Monday, 6 August 2018

The Monday Piece - The Great Buddha of Kamakura

This week's Monday Piece is on the Great Buddha of Kamakura! Last week
Nick and I took a trip to Kamakura to see the Great Buddha,  spend time by the ocean and relax outside of the city. The Great Buddha is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 11.4 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan! The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall, however the temple buildings were destroyed multiple times by typhoons and a tidal wave in the 14th and 15th centuries - so since 1495, the Buddha has been standing in the open air. For only £0.14 you can enter inside the hollow statue and view how it was constructed! Entrance to the temple is about £1.30 and it's a short stroll from the main train station, if you're looking for a relaxing break outside of Tokyo then head to Kamakura for seaside fun and heaps of Japanese culture.
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