Great Buddha and various historical and cultural spots in Kamakura

by KASHIMA

There are two large statues of Buddha in Japan (Nara and Kamakura) called “Daibutsu” which means “Great Buddha”.
The Great Buddha(13.5 meters, 121tons)” is one of the major landmarks and most popular tourist spot in Kamakura.
“The Great Buddha” was completed to build up in 1243 and has been sitting in Kamakura for more than 760 years.
The “Great Buddha” has been in open air since 15th century because the hall (Temple) was repeatedly destroyed by storms and earthquakes and was swept away by a tidal wave in the 15th century

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Therefore, “The Great Buddha” has been sitting in the open air for more than 500 years.
Even the Great Kanto Earth quake in 1923 did not harm the body of the Buddha.
Why do you think that the Buddha could have survived for so long years ?
The secret of that is from the technology of the structure inside the Buddha as shown above.
<Construction Techniques in the inner Hollow of “The Great Buddha”>
The statue was cast in eight separate sections.
Each joint is identified by a horizontal line as you can see in above photo. The mold is considered to be held in place with wooden supports and taken off after the casting was completed. The interior wall was made in a series of 40 separate castings.
You can also see the different variations in the method of welding. The lattice pattern of the interior wall indicates that a large number of molds were placed on top of each other in layers.
This technology represent the traditional Japanese craftsmanship skill which are also seen in various manufacturing spots and various cultural goods such as “Five pagoda in temples”, “ Ukiyo-e: wood block painting” and “Bonsai: the horticultural are of miniature potted trees and plants” , etc.
You can go inside the Buddha and find the skill by yourself.

 

Kamakura sightseeing spots

    • Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine
      The Deity is the founder of the Kamakura Shogun established in 12th Century.
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    • The Great Buddha in Kotokuin Temple
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    • Hasedera Temple
      Paradise of the Pure Land of Kamakura
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  • Various beautiful flowers

    - Various beautiful flowers: 2500 Hydrangeas of more than 40 different kinds in rainy season Cherry blossoms in spring Lotus flower and lilies in early summer & midsummer Autumn leaves and bush clovers in autumn Plum blossoms from winter to early spring
    - Hase Kannon: the biggest wooden sculpture in Japan (9.18meters)
    - Stroll-style garden
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12 Dec 2017


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I am Hideo Kashima. I have gained the Government Licensed Tour Guide authorization in 2017/2.
At first I had worked for one of biggest Electric Company in the world which manufacture various type of Electrical products including information technology, heavy Electrical products such as train & Elevator, consumer Electrical products and semiconductor so-on since graduating from a university (master grade) in Kobe. I had a task roll of design development of Semiconductor for Video movie appliance in Japan and semiconductor marketing for 5 years in USA. Secondly, I had worked for one of big grovel Electric part Company which manufacture connectors for Electrical appliance usage. I had a task roll of quality assurance cooperating with the grovel college including USA, Europe (Ireland, Germany, France), China and Eastern Asia. As a result, I have communicated with various people from various countries and I have become interested in introducing Japan to them. That is why I made decision to become an English tour guide. I acquired a tour guide license issued by the Japanese Government in 2017 and have started this new career.

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By introducing Japan to non Japanese tourists, I would like to do my best to serve the best customized private tours in Japan that you and your family are looking forward to enjoying the fantastic experience as below.
 Sightseeing of natural scenic spots
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 Strolling of the bustling streets
 Introduction of Japanese traditional stage such as Kabuki
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