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Friday, August 28, 2015

The Greatest of Japan's Great Buddhas

Above, the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Japan has several "great Buddha" statues. They are in such locations as Nara, Kamakura, Gifu and Takaoka.

Japan Today has posted an article on Japan's giant Buddha statues.

They begin with:
TOKYO —Who says size doesn’t matter? In Japan, when it comes to showing piety and religious devotion, bigger is definitely better. Indeed, some of Japan’s Great Buddhas have iconic status, both in the country and overseas. 
“Great Buddha” is the English translation of “daibutsu,” the Japanese label for any Buddhist image that is more than life size. But among the greatest of the great are a number of statues that are several times life size.
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