78.2 The Great Buddha of Kamakura 鎌倉大仏 this monumental bronze statue of Buddha was cast by Ono Goroemon in 1253, a leading craftsman of his time. There are traces of gold leaf near the statue's ears as the entire statue was originally gilded. The hall in which the Daibutsu was housed was destroyed by a typhoon in 1334, rebuilt, then damaged once again by yet another storm in 1369. It was rebuilt a third time but the last building washed away in the tsunami of September 1498. Since then, the Great Buddha has stood in the open, as it does today. Daibutsu is located within the grounds of Kotoku-in Temple.