THE GREAT BUDDHA Ushiku Daibutsu

Southeast Asia is well known for its annual monsoon season, which in addition to heavy rains, brings huge electrical storms, causing serious incidents and material losses, as was the case of the LIGHTNING WHICH STRUCK this bronze statue, an important tourists attraction.

 

Fortunately, one of the 1 metre diameter rosettes falling off caused no injuries. Following the incident, a DDCE was installed, increasing the level of safety of people visiting the Buddha every day.

 

In 2008, this Buddha was tallest statue in the world, located in Ibaraki Prefecture, near Tokyo, Japan. It is 120 metres high and weighs over 4,000 tonnes. The Japanese Buddha is three times taller than the Statue of Liberty.

 

Building was completed in 1995.

 

The dimensions have a symbolic importance: The 120 m height (of which 100 are the statue itself and the remaining 20 are for the pedestal) relate to 12 beams of light emerging from the Buddha towards the world. And the detailed dimensions are surprising: each eye measures 2.5 m; eachear 10 m; each finger 7 m, the hands 18 m each, assuming the acceptance of all men in the world.

 

The statue itself is a four-storey building with access to the inside. It contains a museum with many Buddha images and is a centre of worship.

 

You can access up to the Buddha's chest level, 85 metres up, in an internal lift; there are windows in the Buddha at that level, to observe the panorama of the surrounding areas.

 

The statue is surrounded by a park and gardens with all kinds of plants that bloom in all seasons. In addition, several festivals and seasons are celebrated with fireworks.

 

The observatory is located 85 m from the ground, from where you can see Mount Fuji, with 360° views.