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Open Air Buddha

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On this day in 1498, an earthquake destroyed the temple which had surrounded the Great Buddha of Kamakura (one of the most famous landmarks in Japan). This building was the third structure housing the bronze statue (or the fourth if you include the wooden statue of the buddha which pre-dated the bronze one built in the same spot), but the statue has been in the open air since that time.

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