Tuesday, February 01, 2005

The Great Buddah

I saw many large structures and statues in Japan - this was the most impressive.  It weighs over 7 tons (according to Lonely Planet) and is made of bronze.  It has also been here for well over 700 years.  In that time it has weathered earthquakes, invasions and typhoons.  More than once the head fell off.  Now imagine trying to put an enormous Buddah head back on an enormous Buddah body inside a structure that seemed to be built around the statue.  Not much room for maneuvering and, up until recently, no machines with which to lift it.  Incredible!

ps. Sorry its so hard to see - it was seriously dark in there. 

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