Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ushiku Daibutsu

Daibutsu in Japanese means " Large Buddha ". There are a number of Daibutsu in Japan.

The Ushiku Daibutsu, located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan,is one of the world's tallest statues. Completed in 1993, it stands a total of 120 meters 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 the Amitabha Buddha and is plated with bronze.

Other facts about the statues :

Weight: 4003 tons
Length of Left Hand: 18.00m
Length of Face: 20.00m
Length of Eye: 2.55m
Length of Mouth: 4.50m
Length of Nose: 1.2m
Length of Ear: 10.0m
Length of the First Finger: 7.0m

Inside the statue itself is a four story building, which serves as a kind of museum.

Level 1, Infinite Light and Infinite Life
The first floor lobby is dark, and as you enter new age music floats toward you from the darkness. In the center of the room a single shaft of light shines from above onto a cauldron of smoking incense. If you walk past that you'll find the elevator to the other floors.
Level 2 (10.0m), World of Gratitude and Thankfulness
Mostly dedicated to scriptural studies
Level 3 (20~30.0m), World of the Lotus Sanctuary
3000 samples of gold Buddha statues
Level 4 (80~85.0m), Room of Mt. Grdhrakuta
Also on the fourth floor are windows looking out from the buddha's chest onto the adjacent flower garden and small animal park.

Interesting comparsion