Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Tokyo Day 2: Kamakura Daibutsu

The Great Buddha (Daibutsu) of Kamakura is a bronze statue about 37 feet tall that weighs about 93 tons. It is the second largest Buddha statue in Japan and was built in 1252 AD. It was originally indoors, but a tsunami in the 15th century swept away the building it was in and it has been in the open air ever since.
There were throngs of people crowding to see it when we were there.
There were far fewer people out sight-seeing when my great-uncle Claude visited the Daibutsu...
He was stationed in Yokohama just after World War II, this is him (in a digital photo of a color-photocopy of an original print my mom had).
This is me, sixty-some years later.