Friday, February 13, 2009

Kamakura for the Day

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This turned out to be a nice Panaramic Photo...

Evan looking at the ticket photo of the great budda and then looking at the actual budda... and saying "Yup, We are here!".

Today Evan & I went with my friend Tammy to Kamakura. She has been living in Yokosuka, and has been even as far as Tokyo, but not been to Kamakura.
So, we took the day and went to see The Great Budda or also known as Diabutsu.
It was a 'blustery day' but it was still enjoyable!

We left about 10 am and took the train from Ikego to Shin-zushi. We walked the few blocks from Shi-zushi to JR Zushi station. We rode the train (going twards Yokohama) one stop to Kamakura.
We transfered to the Enoden Line and rode until the 3rd stop, Hese.
Hese is where the 'great budda' or daibutsu is located.
If you want to know more about 'The Budda' click here---> daibutsu

It is believed that the statue was originally cast in 1252.
The statue is approximately 13.35m tall and weighs approximately 93 tons.
The statue is hollow, and visitors can view the interior for 20 Yen a person.
The Great Buddha was originally housed in a temple, but the temple itself was washed away by a tsunami in 1498. Since then the statue has stood in the open air. Repairs were carried out in 1960-1961, when the neck was strengthened and measures were taken to protect it from earthquakes.

We had a Very nice time exploring the great budda again. For some reason, Evan really likes visiting the budda.