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Giant Japanese Statues Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

Kannon (観音) is the Buddhist goddess associated with compassion. There are large statues of the Kannon that can be found all over Japan. One of the more famous statues of Kannon is the Ōfuna Kannon (大船観観音) in Kamakura (鎌倉) of Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県). It is 82 feet tall was built to commemorate those who died in the atomic bomb attacks of Hiroshima (広島) and Nagasaki (長崎).


The Kaga Kannon (加賀の観音) is located in Kaga (加賀), in Ishikawa Prefecture (石川県). It is 240 feet high and stands above a hill that is next to a temple that is dedicated to the Goddess Kannon. The Temple is also next to a hotsprings hotel, which is one of the reasons why this statue is visited by many travelers seeking to see the Goddess and relax at a hotspring afterwards.



The Sodoshima Dai Kannon (小豆島観音) is located in Kagawa Prefecture (香川県) and is 164 feet high. The Statue is famous for containing a tooth that is said to have belonged to the Buddha. The other famous features of the Kannon Statue are the gold crown, necklace and waistband that adorn the Goddess. Inside the Statue is an observation deck, prayer halls, and an elevator.



Takasaki Byakue Dai Kannon (高崎白衣大観音) is located in Takasaki of Gunman Prefecture (群馬県) and is 137 feet high. The Takasaki Byakue Dai Kannon is presented with one hand on her wrist and the other hand holding a scroll. The Statue is made of concrete and is surrounded by peaceful looking gardens. Visitors come every day to get a view of the Goddess of mercey.



The Heiwa Kannon (平和観音) in Funaoka (船岡) of Miyagi Prefecture (宮城県) is 77 feet long and stands above a tall hill. People can climb the hill and see the statue of the Goddess close up. The Heiwa Kannon in English literally means ‘Peace Kannon’. The Statue represents the Goddess bringing peace to the world, which is why the statue is so beloved by people all over Japan.

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  1. Luciano:

    I love the one in Kyoto, near zannenzoku