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Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(大仏, kyūjitai: 大佛) or 'giant Buddha' is the Japanese term, often used informally, for large statues of Buddha. The oldest is that at Asuka-dera
Asuka-dera
(609) and the best-known is that at Tōdai-ji
Tōdai-ji
in Nara (752).[citation needed] Tōdai-ji's daibutsu is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
and National Treasure.

Contents

1 Examples 2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Examples[edit]

Image Name Buddha Size Date Municipality Prefecture Comments

Shōwa Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(昭和大仏)[1]

21.35 metres (70.0 ft) 1984 Aomori Aomori Prefecture

Ganmen Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(岩面大仏)

16.5 metres (54.1 ft)

Hiraizumi Iwate Prefecture Low relief carving at Takkoku no Iwaya (達谷窟)

Ushiku Daibutsu
Ushiku Daibutsu
(牛久大仏)[2] Amida Nyorai 120 metres (393.7 ft) including base and lotus (20 metres (65.6 ft)) 1993 Ushiku Ibaraki Prefecture Japan's largest daibutsu

Nihon-ji
Nihon-ji
Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(日本寺大仏)[3] Yakushi Nyorai 31.05 metres (101.9 ft) 1790 Kyonan Chiba Prefecture Carved in the 1780s and 90s by Jingoro Eirei Ono and his apprentices and restored to its present form in 1969. Japan's largest pre-modern (and largest stone-carved) daibutsu. The same site is also home to another large Buddha carving, the Hyakushaku Kannon[citation needed]

Kamagaya Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(鎌ヶ谷大仏)

2.3 metres (7.5 ft), including base (0.5 metres (1.6 ft)) 1776 Kamagaya Chiba Prefecture Japan's smallest daibutsu[citation needed]

Former Ueno Daibutsu
Ueno Daibutsu
(上野大仏)[4] Shaka Nyorai

1631 Taitō Tokyo Heavily damaged in the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake
1923 Great Kantō earthquake
and melted down for the war effort

Tokyo
Tokyo
Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(東京大仏)[5]

13 metres (42.7 ft) including base 1977 Itabashi Tokyo Weighs thirty tons; at Jōren-ji (乗蓮寺); erected in expiation of the Great Kantō earthquake and the war

Kamakura Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(鎌倉大仏)[6] Amida Nyorai 13.35 metres (43.8 ft) 1252 Kamakura Kanagawa Prefecture Subject of the poem The Buddha at Kamakura by Rudyard Kipling; National Treasure

Takaoka Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(高岡大仏) Amida Nyorai 15.85 metres (52.0 ft) 1981 Takaoka Toyama Prefecture At Daibutsu-ji (大佛寺)

Echizen Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(越前大仏)[7]

17 metres (55.8 ft)

Katsuyama Fukui Prefecture

Gifu Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(岐阜大仏)[8] Shaka Nyorai 13.63 metres (44.7 ft) 1828 Gifu Gifu Prefecture

Former Hōkō-ji Daibutsu

1660s Kyoto Kyoto
Kyoto
Prefecture Sketch of c.1691 by Engelbert Kaempfer

Nara Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(奈良大仏)[9] Vairocana 14.98 metres (49.1 ft) 752 Nara Nara Prefecture Restored several times; part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara; National Treasure

Asuka Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(飛鳥大仏)[10][11] Shaka Nyorai 2.75 metres (9.0 ft) 609 Asuka Nara Prefecture Japan's oldest daibutsu and Buddhist statue, restored; Important Cultural Property

Former Hyōgo Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(兵庫大仏)[12]

1891 Kobe Hyōgo Prefecture At Nōfuku-ji
Nōfuku-ji
(能福寺); melted down in 1944 for the war effort[citation needed] and since replaced

(Nehanzo (涅槃仏)[13] Gautama Buddha 41 metres (134.5 ft) (length) 1899 Sasaguri Fukuoka Prefecture At Nanzoin (南蔵院); contains ashes of The Buddha and two of his disciples.

See also[edit]

Japanese sculpture List of National Treasures of Japan
National Treasures of Japan
(sculptures)

References[edit]

^ "Shōwa Daibutsu". Seiryū-ji. Retrieved 23 May 2011.  ^ "Ushiku Daibutsu". Ushiku Daibutsu. Retrieved 23 May 2011.  ^ "Nihonji Daibutsu". Nihon-ji. Retrieved 23 May 2011.  ^ "Ueno Daibutsu". Daily Yomiuri. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2011.  ^ " Tokyo
Tokyo
Daibutsu". Itabashi Ward. Retrieved 23 May 2011.  ^ "Database of National Cultural Properties". Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 23 May 2011.  ^ "Katsuyama Profile". Katsuyama City. Archived from the original on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2007.  ^ "Gifu Shouhouji Daibutsu
Daibutsu
(Great Buddha)". Shōhō-ji. Retrieved 4 December 2007.  ^ "Database of National Cultural Properties". Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 23 May 2011.  ^ "Sandaibutsu". Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System. Retrieved 23 May 2011.  ^ "Database of National Cultural Properties". Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 23 May 2011.  ^ " Daibutsu
Daibutsu
Hyogo". Nagasaki University Library. Retrieved 23 May 2011.  ^ "Karmic Cleansing". Macleans.ca. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Buddha statues in Japan.

Photographs and information on famous Daibutsu New York Public Library Digital Gallery, early photograph of Kamakura Daibutsu
Daibutsu
from rear New York Public Library Digital Gallery, early photograph of Hyōgo Daibutsu

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