Monday, December 21, 2015

Japan sketchbook - 5

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Great Buddha of Kamakura
Watercolour and crayon
©2015 Charlene Brown

On November 5, on the way to Hakone, we stopped at Kamakura. The presence of the Great Buddha was surprisingly calming, considering the throngs of tourists and uniformed school children at the site.

This huge (13.35 m) bronze statue has withstood much worse over the years, since its original casting in 1252. At first it was housed in a large hall, but this was destroyed (twice) by storms during the 14th century, then washed away by a tsunami at the end of the 15th century. Since then it has stood in the open air. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 destroyed the base, which was repaired in 1925, and a seismic upgrade was completed in 1961.