Ushiku Daibutsu

Ushiku Daibutsu

10/4/2013

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Daibutsu (Large Buddha) in Ushiku, Ibaraki, Japan

Until 2002, the tallest statue in the world at almost 400', it has since been eclipsed by daibutsu in China and Burma

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The Interior

There are 4 floors open to the public, 2 near the bottom and 2 about the height of his chest

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A full size replica of one of his toes
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The view from inside; the windows are so small, really can't see much
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Many small images of Buddha, which various followers sponsor
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Meditation room
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Animal Endorsements?

Lots of these, various animals endorsing the Buddha (I guess). The only significant one (for me) is the first, since it is Tamachan, a seal that swam up into the Tama River (near where I once lived) and became a sort of media darling; but that was back in 2002

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Petting Zoo

Well, I couldn't resist...

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Miscellaneous

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Koi (carp) going crazy over food pellets I tossed in
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Monkey Show
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At the "Cup Noodle" factory, an amusing sign
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