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190103-0005-PP - Kobe Buddha


Kobe Meiji 1890s Unknown

The Great Buddha at Nofukuji Temple (能福寺) in Hyogo (currently Hyogo-ku in Kobe), Hyogo Prefecture.

The statue was built in 1889 (Meiji 22) by wealthy merchant Sobei Nanjo (南条荘兵衛) when efforts were made to revive Buddhism under the onslaught of Christianity and State Shinto. It was consecrated on March 15, 1891 (Meiji 24), and soon became a very popular tourist attraction.

In May, 1945 (Showa 20), the statue was melted down for the war effort, but the pedestal remained. It was finally used again for a new Buddha statue, larger than the original, in 1991 (Heisei 3).

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