A: Kamakura city


Kamakura Great Buddha at Kotokuin temple in Kamakura city

The construction of Kamakura Great Buddha was begun in 1252, and the original statue has never required restoration.  Therefore, it has a great historical and cultural value.

According to the history book, Azuma kagami, written in the early 14 century, this Great Buddha was made by donations collected by a monk, Jyoko.

There are very few historical documents about the statue, hence details about the Great Buddha remain unknown, such as the reason for building it, and its completion date.

Today, Kamakura Great Buddha is sitting outside without its hall. However, originally, the hall existed. According to books written in the 14th century, Taiheiki and Kamakura Dai nikki, the Kamakura Great Buddha hall was damaged by strong winds in 1369 and the completely destroyed by a great earthquake in 1498.


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