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Kōtoku-in is a Buddhist temple of the Jōdo shū sect in the city of Kamakura inKanagawa PrefectureJapan.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amitābha Buddha located at the Kōtoku-in Temple in KamakuraKanagawa PrefectureJapan. The bronze statue probably dates from 1252, in the Kamakura period, according to temple records. It was preceded by a giant wooden Buddha,

Buddha Daibutsu, Kamakura, Japan. This statue,...

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which was completed in 1243 after ten years of continuous labor, the funds having been raised by Lady Inadano-Tsubone and the Buddhist priest Jōkō of Toutoumi. That wooden statue was damaged by a storm in 1248, and the hall containing it was destroyed, so Jōkō suggested making another statue of bronze, and the huge amount of money necessary for this and for a new hall was raised for the project. The sculptors were Ono Goroemaon and Tanji Hisatomo. At one time, the statue was gilded. There are still traces of gold leaf near the statue’s ears. It is unclear, however, whether the statue constructed in 1252 is the same statue as the present statue.


The hall was destroyed by a storm in 1334, was rebuilt, and was damaged by yet another storm in 1369, and was rebuilt yet again. The last building housing the statue was washed away in the tsunami of September 20th, 1498 during the Muromachi period. Since then, the Great Buddha has stood in the open air

The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 destroyed the base the statue sits upon, but the base was repaired in 1925

The statue is approximately 13.35 meters tall and weighs approximately 93 tons. The statue ishollow, and visitors can view the interior. Many visitors over the years have left graffiti on the inside of the statue. At one time, there were thirty-two bronze lotus petals at the base of the statue, but only four remain, and they are no longer in place. A notice at the entrance to the grounds reads, “Stranger, whosoever thou art and whatsoever be thy creed, when thou enterest this sanctuary remember thou treadest upon ground hallowed by the worship of ages. This is the Temple of Bhudda (sic) and the gate of the eternal, and should therefore be entered with reverence.

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