Friday, 31 March 2017

If You Suffer From Any Form Of Entomophobia Or Insectophobia,

I suggest you skip this post,

as we will be visiting,

the Itakura Town Hall in Gifu prefecture, roughly an hour north from central Tokyo,

 to look at this deity,

 made from roughly 20,000 beetles of numerous varieties,

 the sculpture was made almost 40 years ago in 1978 by a man named Yoneji Inamura, who was in his 50s at the time who has passed away earlier this year in January at the age of 98,

 although Inamura created several sculptures out of beetles, he spent 6 years in the 1970s constructing this one, which has become his masterpiece and the largest sculpture he ever made, when it was done he donated it to the city,

 the sculpture, made from rhinoceros beetles, winged jewel beetles, drone beetles, longhorn beetles and other types of local beetles, depicts the senju kannon bosatsu (1000-armed bodhisattva), a popular Buddhist deity in Japan,

to visit the museum because of it's location you will need a car, but if you are an entomologist what a treat to see it!

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