Ushiku Buddha

Photographed in Ushiku, Japan in 2013. The Ushiku Daibutsu (牛久大仏?), located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, is one of the worlds tallest statues. Completed in 1993, it stands a total of 120 meters (394 feet) tall, including the 10m high base and 10m high lotus platform. An elevator takes visitors up to 85m off the ground, where an observation floor is located. It depicts Amitabha Buddha and is made of bronze. It is also known as Ushiku ARCADIA (Amidas Radiance and Compassion Actually Developing and Illuminating Area). It was built to commemorate the birth of Shinran, founder of the Jōdo Shinshū 浄土真宗 or True Pure Land School of Buddhism.

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