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Giant Wooden Statue of Bishamonten

Japan's largest standing wooden statue of Bishamonten

Kumano Shrine Bishamondo is home to the largest wooden statue in Japan of Bishamonten, the God of War. It was designated as an important cultural asset in the 1970s and moved from the Bishamondo (former wooden hall dating from the medieval period where this statue was originally installed) into an exhibition hall with other statues. This shrine that has stood for more than 1,000 years in the country hills outside of Towa City secretly guards many stories and items of interest in its ancient precincts.

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