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THE GREAT BUDDHA OF KAMAKURA
The Great Buddha of Kamakura called as Daibutsu, is a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha in the Kotokuin Temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Kotoku-in is a Buddhist temple of the Pure Land sect. The temple is renowned for the Great Buddha, a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha which is one of the most famous icons of Japan. The Image is the second largest monumental Buddha in Japan after Todaiji in Nara.

The statue probably dates from 1252, in the Kamakura period, when temple records report the construction of a bronze statue. However, it is unclear whether that is the present statue. The statue was built inside a wooden temple but that building washed away in a tsunami sometime during the Muromachi period in the late fifteenth century. The statue remains. It is believed that the statue was originally cast in 1252, following an idea by the priest Joko, who also collected donations to build it. The sculptors were One-Goroemon and Tanj i-Hisatomo.

The statue is approximately 13.35m tall and weighs approximately 93 tons. The statue is hollow, and visitors can view the interior. The Great Buddha was originally housed in a temple, but this was washed away by a tsunami in 1498, since then the statue has stood in the open air. Repairs were carried out in 1960-1961, when the neck was strengthened and measures were taken to protect it from earthquakes.


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