|Above, the Great Buddha in 2004. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Back in 2004, the first G-TOUR to Japan paid a visit to the Great Buddha of Kamakura.
The Buddha quite impressive and was erected in the 13th Century. At one time, it was enclosed in a building.
It is about to undergo a "major health check-up". The last time it underwent a check-up was in 1959, a process that took over two years to complete.
News On Japan reported:
The Great Buddha of Kamakura is undergoing its first major "health checkup" in more than half a century.
Trucks carrying the necessary equipment arrived at Kotokuin temple early Jan. 13 to begin the two-month-long procedure on the massive bronze statue.
The 200 yen ($1.70) admission fee to the temple will be waived until March 10 while the 13.3-meter-tall statue is being examined and treated. During this period, it will be surrounded by scaffolding and covered in a translucent sheet. That means visitors will not be able to step inside the 121-ton statue.- See more at: http://newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/114948.php#sthash.WUkrHfQI.dpuf