Drawn by a giant Bodhisattva

Once I passed the tourist shops from Kiyomizu-dera and the crowds thinned, I spotted a giant Bodhisattva statue I had to explore. Ryozen-kannon was a twenty-four metre high Bodhisattva statue that dominated the landscape.

Aizen Myouou hall, Ryozen-kannon
Aizen Myouou hall, Royozen-kannon

Within the grounds was a memorial hall in memory of over 48 000 foreign soldiers who perished on Japanese soil or territory under their military control during World War 11. The giant statue commemorated the Japanese who died in the same war and for the establishment of a peaceful Japan.

Ryozen-kannon Bodhisattva
Ryozen-kannon Bodhisattva