Another day, another Buddha, this time the Ushiku Daibutsu

Today was a splendid day again, a little hazy but not a cloud to be seen. So we decided to go and visit the Ushiku Daibutsu the world’s tallest bronze statue. It’s 120 meters (394 feet) tall including its base and you can take an elevator inside it to go 85 meter above the ground and view the surroundings from windows in its chest, arms and back. It’s really new, they finished building in 1993.
CIMG4774

Some statistics:
Weight: 4003 tons
Length of Left Hand: 18.00 m
Length of Face: 20.00 m
Length of Eye: 2.55 m
Length of Mouth: 4.50 m
Length of Nose: 1.2 m
Length of Ear: 10.0 m
Length of the First Finger: 7.0 m
CIMG4751

When you go inside you arrive on various levels and either walk further up/down or take the elevator.
CIMG4767
Level 1, Infinite Light and Infinite Life

CIMG4811
Level 2 (10.0 m), World of Gratitude and Thankfulness

CIMG4795
Level 3 (20~30.0 m), World of the Lotus Sanctuary

CIMG4780
Level 4 (80~85.0 m), Room of Mt. Grdhrakuta, this is also the floor from which you can look down.(Main path towards Buddha)

Within the Buddha there are all kinds of magical things
CIMG4785
Gem encrusted Elephant statue

CIMG4800
Pretty drawing

CIMG4792
Thousands and thousands of tiny origami crane birds

The outside is just as beautiful, with its prayer tablets
CIMG4737

The stone hewn trough to cleanse ones hands
CIMG4743

A beautiful garden, with hungry carps in the pond
CIMG4756

A pretty red poppy
CIMG4746

And the Buddha
CIMG4764

CIMG4816

CIMG4823

Overall it’s a huge complex, with amazing gardens , a small zoo and immense cemetary
CIMG4779

Time for bed here, sleep well all and hope you enjoy this part of our trip as much as I did
*R*

Advertisements

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Phyllis B
    May 24, 2012 @ 23:45:09

    Ren another wonderful trip filled with beautiful photos and history.
    Its fun to learn others culture.I love the Gem encrusted Elephant statue.Wow it is so stunning..
    The ponds with the goldfish are a real treat.It seems they are big into that idea.
    Its funny how one culture influences others..lol..
    Sleep well.

    Reply

  2. Tari
    May 25, 2012 @ 00:35:18

    Wow! These pictures are awesome, what a beautiful area. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Reply

  3. Joan
    May 25, 2012 @ 08:38:16

    Ren, thank you for sharing your adventure, photos are fantastic

    Reply

  4. Sissy
    May 26, 2012 @ 02:54:58

    I am loving it all, thanks so much for sharing. About the tiles with the “carrots”? the leaves don’t look like carrot leaves, did someone tell you they were carrots?

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: