Posted by on 11 June 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

I’ll do another blog post from Japan soon but, in the interim, here: have some photos of a giant robot Buddha. This is from the Ushiku Daibutsu in the Ibaraki prefecture. It’s the biggest statue of Buddha in the world (120 metres from top to bottom, including the base) and it’s three times the size of the Statue of Liberty.

Monumentalism is a theme of my current book project, hence my visit to this monumental Buddha. And if you’ve read my first book, you’ll know that I like to play with being a size queen.

PS See the three vertical slits in the chest of the Buddha? They are actually windows. This daibutsu has 4 sets of windows facing north, south, east, and west. You can go inside and look out through each set. There are five floors inside this daibutsu (accessible via an elevator).

Ushiku Daibutsu

Ushiku Daibutsu

Ushiku Daibutsu

 

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