Thursday, July 9, 2009

Kamakura Big Buddha 鎌倉大仏

The symbol of Kamakura, or rather in this case the sandal 草履 worn by the symbol of Kamakura. This was knitted based on the imagining the size of Mr Buddha's feet. It's as tall as a human being.

nb While this buddha is not the most impressive in terms of size and weight, its importance needs to be seen in historical context. That it was built in 1252 and survived a Tsunami in 1498 (the temple which housed it didn't.) The much bigger bronze buddha in Hong Kong is more than 2.5 times taller and heavier, but completed in 1993.

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