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Kamakura Daibutsu

The picture was taken in April, thus in early spring. I mention this because at some of my previous posted photos of Japan, I sometimes got the remark that the autumn colours were beautiful. Odd that several people thought they saw the fall season. Also in spring in Japan you can see trees with reddish foliage.
And this picture was taken in the late afternoon whereby the sunlight on the trees might people remind at autumn weather …
I was often told that autumn is the most beautiful season to visit Japan. Too bad I cannot take a holiday then but I do know that spring in Japan is very colourful too.

Kamakura is an easy (full) day trip by train from Tokyo.
Upon arrival you get off in the Kita-Kamakura station. Just outside this railway station you find the Engaku-ji Zen Temple. From there you can walk to the center of town and visit many temples and shrines on the way. I visited the Great Buddha at the end of the day. From there I walked to Kamakura main station and took the train back to Tokyo.

Daibutsu, the Great Buddha, is very popular with Japanese and foreign visitors.
It is remarkable that people can also enter inside the great hollow sculpture and have a look up at the head.
At the picture in the workshop you can see that the sculpture is hollow.

Information from Wikipedia and from
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3100.html

The Great Buddha of Kamakura (in Japanese: Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. (Amidism is one of the most widely practiced traditions of Buddhism in East Asia),
With a height of 13,35 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todaiji Temple.
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.
Since 1495, the Buddha has been standing in the open air.

More information can be found on:
http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/big-buddha-japan.shtml.

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