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The Great Buddha of Kamakura (鎌倉大仏 Kamakura Daibutsu) is a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amitābha Buddha at the Kōtoku-in Temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Perfecture, Japan. The bronze statue probably dates from 1252, in the Kamakura period, according to temple records.

History

The Buddhist temple Kōtoku-in (高 徳 院) housed the Great Buddha.

In the place of today's figure was in Kōtoku-in, originally a wooden carved Buddha figure in a wooden shrine. Originally, the present figure was covered with gold leaves and was inside a wooden temple building. However, it first collapsed in 1334 and then 1369 and was torn away to the foundations in 1498 by a tsunami. Thereafter, they announced a reconstruction, the statue is since standing in the open air.

3700 years after everyone on the planet becomes petrified, Senku, Yuzuriha, and Taiju come across the statue. Yuzuriha bursts into tears at the sight, as the statue illustrates the reality of the situation and that they are still in Japan.

Details

The bronze statue weighs 121 tonnes (267,000 pounds) and is 13.35 metres (43.8 ft) high. The length of the face is 2.35 metres (7 ft 9 in), of the eye is 1.0 metre (3 ft 3 in), of the mouth is 0.82 metres (2 ft 8 in) and the length of the ear is 1.90 metres (6 ft 3 in). The length from knee to knee is 9.10 metres (29.9 ft) and the circumference of thumb 0.85 metres (2 ft 9 in).

Trivia

  • Senku mentions that through the bronze from the statue, he can create a mirror for his sextant's accuracy.
  • In real life, the first western travelogues about the Kōtoku-in date back to the early 17th century: in 1607, a Padre Rodrigues visited the place, and in 1618, an English captain named Saris.
  • In real life, some of the foundations of the hall, which was destroyed in 1498, were still in their original places around the figure until the beginning of the 20th century.
  • In real life, Rudyard Kipling dedicated a few poetry verses to the Buddha's statue in the preface to his 1901 novel Kim.

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