A couple of weeks ago we went to see the Ushiku Daibutsu, which is apparently one of the tallest standing sculptures in the world. At first we were planning on going there by public transport, but when we looked up the ticket prices we got seriously put off by them. For a while it seemed like the trip had to be cancelled because we were all pretty broke and paying all the transport fees plus the Buddha park admission fee just seemed too much. Thankfully one of Idea’s friends has a car and he agreed to drive us there free of charge. So yay, we got to go anyway!
The Buddha statue stands about 120meters tall, with a pretty garden and a mini pet zoo built around it. Sadly there weren’t many flowers blooming anymore, but the park was still lovely with its koi fish ponds and temple-like feeling. It was raining pretty heavily that day too, but it didn’t ruin the visit for us that much.
Inside the big Buddha there was a museum dedicated to the Buddha’s construction and one of the floors there was a huge room with its walls covered with about 3000 tiny golden Buddha statues. You could go as high up as 85meters inside the Buddha where there were tiny windows you could peek out from. The view from them was unfortunately pretty limited. I was a bit disappointed by that. I was hoping for a better view really. Oh well.
Later we spent some time petting cute little piggies and bunnies in the mini zoo. I felt sorry for the piggies as they seemed to be cold and lonely 😦 But they were still beyond adorable. I just wish they had better living conditions in the zoo…
Oh and there was also a monkey show. One of the monkeys was obviously in a bad mood so she really didn’t want to do any of her tricks and mostly just tried to run away and hide herself. But then again, I don’t blame her. I would be pissy too if I had to do stupid tricks about five times a day for an half an hour.
The sad animals apart, it was a pretty cool place to visit.
Turning into Buddhas
You were free to ring the bell to cleanse your mind
Another bell. It was really cool how occasionally those gong like bell sounds echoed through the rainy park. It was somewhat magical.
The koi pond
Inside the Buddha
Me in comparison with the statues big toe xD
The not so good view from the statue
Golden Buddha statues
Three European goddesses
The cutest piggy in the universe
They made unhappy barking noises at us
The little monkey hit her head so her trainer had to comfort her
Monkey: yep, I feel so dignified…
Picking up the Buddha
Ushiku Daibutsu approved fish
Me doing my thing that I do