National Geographic : 1936 Apr
CASTLES, SHRINES, AND PARKS OF JAPANESE PILGRIMAGE © National Geographic Society Finlay Photograph by W. Robert Moore IN A SEQUESTERED NOOK AT KAMAKURA THE GREAT BUDDHA MEDITATES This mammoth statue of Amida is made of inch-thick plates of bronze cast nearly 700 years ago. When completed the image was housed, but a storm damaged the building in 1369 and a tidal wave swept it away a century later. Since then the figure, called Daibutsu, has stood uncovered. Visitors ascend a staircase inside to the shoulders. The silver boss on the forehead is more than a foot in diameter.