U.S. President Barack Obama visits the Great Buddha statue in Kamakura on Sunday afternoon. "I was only 6 the last time I was here," Obama said. ''I looked up at that centuries-old symbol of peace and tranquility -- the great bronze Amida Buddha. And as a child, I was more focused on the 'matcha' ice cream. But I have never forgotten the warmth and the hospitality that the Japanese people showed a young American far from home." Obama's visit to the site of the 13-meter-high bronze statue was the last stop on his 10-day Asian tour. He sat with his hosts, ate green tea ice cream and toted away a bag of gifts, including two bracelets for his daughters, Malia and Sasha.© Japan Today
The big Buddha
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