I’ma tell you now – Kamakura will go down as one of my favorites!
And it is right here in the prefecture where I am currently residing at.
Last night, we experienced a minor earthquake here. Haven’t felt one for a long time. Dizzying but quite a thrill!
Kamakura isn’t necessarily the best, but I was completely charmed by it that it became an instant favorite of mine.
I don’t know who wouldn’t be with these little Jizo statues.
It is estimated that some 50,000 Jizō statues have been placed at Hase-dera since WWII.
In Kamakura, it’s kind of neat that you get to see the cute little ones and this big, giant one.
There was a festival going on when I was there – a selfie festival. 😀
The Great Buddha of Kamakura, may be hard to believe, is about 764 years old.
If you are ever here, don’t just come here for the “Daibutsu”. There really isn’t much there except for this thing of beauty and grandeur. Go and see the Jizo statues in Hase-dera and explore a little bit more of the surrounding area including the view of the coast. Half a day is enough for this trip.
And it is always good to know a little about the place you are going to.
It is actually a very interesting place.
The Great Buddha actually was originally enshrined inside a building. This building was damaged and ultimate devastated by two typhoons. They rebuilt another to shelter The Daibutsu of Kamakura, but it was again destroyed by a severe earthquake in 1498.
And so they left The Great Buddha out in the open.
Last Calls …
My ONLY guess is that The Great Buddha is extremely claustrophobic. 😀