The 25 meters tall statue of the Goddess Kannon (Avalokitesvara in Sanscrit) from Ōfuna was designed in 1929, by a group of volunteers, as a pray for permanent world peace. However, various wars suspended the construction until 1954. Finally, the statue was unveiled in 1961.
I first noticed the statue from the Tōkaidō train, and since it is located just 200 meters away from the JR Ōfuna Station, I went to take a few photos. Made of concrete, the Ōfuna Kannon is beautifully painted in white and it is indeed a peaceful place:
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: