This Buddha statue is known as the symbol of Makomanai Takino Cemetery.The recently created Hill of the Buddha, with the Atama Daibutsu at the center for worship,was created by world-famous architect Tadao Ando. “How does a statue become a more solemn,attractive figure? ” Ando asked himself.His bold answer was to cover the statue with a hill of lavender.Surprisingly,one only sees the head of the statue surrounded by the landscape of the hill.
Atama Daibutsu(The Buddha’s Head)was named for its novel, impressive appearance.It stands in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape in all seasons.Thus has a new symbol of the cemetery been established.
The place is filled with verdure in spring,purple lavenders in summer and pure white snow in winter.
One of the cemetery’s charms is how well it achieves harmony with the natural landscape.
This is a sacred boundary.By detouring around the water garden instead of making a straight approach,
one purifies the soul,and one’s mindset switches from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
※"Water garden" is closed from October 31st to the end of April due to snowfall.
The ceiling of the tunnel is done in folds of arched concrete.The dim space is womb-like.
Only after passing through the tunnel can one look up to see this Buddha statue.
Corridor to the Buddha statue
After walking the 135-m approach,one can finally look up at the Buddha statue.
The sunlight from the sky and the natural scenery overhead create a blessed moment.
Hill of the Buddha
・Statue of the Buddha:
13.5ｍ in height, 1,500t in weight.(The statue is made from stones that weighed 4,000 in total before they were worked.)