, Big Buddha

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is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region. The capital is the city of Aomori.

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, also known as the Big Buddha in Aomori, is the tallest seated Buddha in Japan. Located at Seiryuu-ji Temple (Blue-Green Dragon Temple) in Aomori City, this statue was built as a symbol of gratitude for WWII soldiers as well as a symbol for Buddha’s teachings. The Seiryuu-ji temple itself is relatively new and was founded in 1982 by a priest named Ryuko Oda. The temple grounds have traditional style Japanese architecture. In 1984 the Big Buddha statue was built, weighing in at 220 tons and is tall. Underneath the Buddha there is a circular hallway with many paintings, pictures and small statues. A Buddha shrine with an offering table can also be found inside.

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