Ryozen Kannon, Kyoto

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    Ryozen Kannon

    by Rabbityama Written Sep 23, 2011

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    The Ryozen Kannon is easily recognizable for the large statue of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, atop its temple. The temple was built as a memorial for all the Japanese who died in World War II. The statue itself is large and impressive and the temple grounds are beautiful. There is actually quite a bit to see.

    Aside from the main temple (where the Kannon sits), you can walk around back up stairs and actually go inside the Kannon Statue where there are various statues connected to each zodiac sign.

    The golden ball in front and slightly to the side of the temple is part of the Higashiyama Jizou tour. It is said that if you toss in some money, make a wish, and touch the ball while walking around it 3 times, your wish will come true.

    On the other side of the temple is a small church-like building which commemorates foreign nationals killed in Japan. It includes a cabinet with names separated by country as well as an interesting display of soil from various countries throughout the world.

    In front of this shrine, it is difficult not to notice the pinwheels and other items around another memorial. While they may look pretty, they are actually placed here in rememberance of stillborn and aborted babies. Looking at all the children's toys and pinwheels at these memorials is always very sad to me when I know that each is associated with a dead child.

    The Entrance fee is 200 yen.

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    by bladedragon Written Feb 26, 2009

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    Ryozen Kannon from parking lot

    Ryozen Kannon is relatively modern.
    This is a war memorial commemorating the Japanese who died during WWII.
    The statue is 24 m (80 ft) high and weighs approximately 500 tons.
    It's so big that you can see it from outside the gate.
    Due to time constraint we didn't go in for a visit.

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    by Gili_S Written Feb 2, 2010

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    This big status called the Ryozen Kannon which is a memorial for WWII unknown soldier. This is probably one of the largest status I have ever seen.

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    by shintarojon Updated Mar 11, 2004

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    This 80 feet concrete statue was erected as "A tribute to Unknown Soldiers" who sacrificed themselves during World War II.

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    by ChuckG Written Jul 17, 2003

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    This big monument is dedicated to the war victims (WWII). The main Buddha is 80fr high, very impressive. There is a small display inside to visit.

    There is a beautiful park around the monument.

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    by sczabeti Written Aug 25, 2002

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    In Kyoto you will find more places of worship than you could ever hope to visit. I was overwhelmed by this towering statue which sits over four to five stories high!

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