"Great Buddha Day" and "Afro Buddha Statue"

April 9 is Great Buddha Day.

The name was derived from a ceremony to consecrate a newly made Buddhist image of the Great Buddha that was held at Todaiji Temple in Nara on April 9th, 752.

That is the day when the famous "Great Buddha of Nara" was completed.

The Great Buddha is generally a standing statue of Buddha with a height of over 4.85 meters.

In Kyoto, there is a small Buddha statue whose spiral hair is attracting attention.

'Gokoshiyuiamidabutsu' of Kurodani Konkai Komyo-ji Temple.

It is also called 'Afro Butsuzo (Afro Buddha Statue)' in recent years because it has such large hair (spiral hair) that it overlaps.

Goko is such a long period of time that one's hair grows long and piles up high.


In addition to the goshuin on the Afro Buddha Statue, original products such as the "Afro Kompeito" are also popular with visitors.

At Kurodani Konkai Komyo-ji Temple, there is also a colorful 'Hana-Chozu' (flower wash).

Among them were ducks and turtles, whose heads had snail-shaped hair!?

Are these ducks and turtles also going to spend a mind-boggling amount of time in training?


The "Kurodani Konkai Komyo-ji Temple" is affectionately called by locals as "Kuro-dani-san".

It is the first temple of the Jodo sect that originated in 1175 when Honen Shonin left Mt. Hiei and built a thatched hut.

It was chosen as the headquarters of 1,000 people of Aizu domain of Kyoto Shugoshoku at the end of Edo period, and it is also known as the birthplace of Shinsengumi.

The cherry blossoms in the grounds are the last to be seen, but the season of fresh green is also very beautiful!

Kurodani Konkai Komyo-ji Temple
121 Kurodani-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
10 minutes walk from the Okazaki-michi, City bus stop

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