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500 Buddhas

Japan flag. Photos | Images of Japan: 500 Buddhas, Shonai, Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

Series of 500 Buddhist statues are often those of the arhats or rakan - Buddhist adepts who have postponed their own enlightenment to help others reach their goal. A famous series of statues celebrating the 500 rakan is at Kita-in Temple in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo.

500 statues of the rakan in Oita.

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Japan Images: 500 Buddha Statues Kyushu, Southern Japan