I'm Chantal, I live in Italy and I speak English, French and Japanese basic level.
I'm madly in love with Japan and everything about it. I try to express my love for Japanese culture in this blog.
The GreatBuddhaof Kamakura(大 仏),Daibutsu,is amonumental bronzestatueof AmidaBuddha,one of the mostfamousiconsof Japan.
The statuereaches13.35meterstall and weighsabout 93tons, the interiorof the statuecan bevisited foronly 20yenper person.TheGreatBuddha is thesecondJapaneseBuddhamonumentalin size,after theTodaijiin Nara.
It is believedthat the statue wasoriginallybuiltin 1252,(Kamakura period),the recordsshowthe templebecauseof the constructionof abronze statueat the time,an ideaofthe priestJoko, who collecteddonations forits realization.The sculptorswereOne-GoroemonandTanji-Hisatomo.
The statueoriginallywas notopen,but thewoodentemplethathousedit was destroyedby a tsunamiin 1495(Muromachi period),has sinceremainedopen.Between 1960and 1961weremadeof the restorationand theneck of thestatue wasreinforcedto protect it fromearthquakes.