Kamakura is a city of 175,000 people about 45 minutes south of Tokyo. It was the de facto capital of Japan from 1185 to 1333. Of the many shrines and temples in Kamakura, the most famous is Kotoku-in, home of the Kamakura Daibutsu (Buddha). The 45-foot bronze casting was made in 1252 and housed in a large temple hall. Since the building was destroyed in an earthquake and tidal wave in 1495, the Daibutsu has stood in the open air for more than 500 years.
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