More and more people, regardless of age, are becoming fascinated with Buddhist statues, and we even see the appearance of various character figures based on them.
They are no longer considered to be something that only appeal to old people or that are confined to temples or household shrines.
Many people may think that Buddhist statues are unique to Japan, but they are infact common to the whole Buddhist religion that was founded by Gautama Siddhartha(Buddha).
There are numerous different figures which resemble each other, leading people to think they are all the same.
However, they can be largely divided into four main types: Nyorai (Tathagata), Bosatsu (Bodhisattva), Myo-o (Vidyaraja), and Ten (Deva).
The Nyorai are beings who have achieved enlightenment as a result of strict spiritual training and are depicted in humble clothing, while Bosatsu are beings who are still undergoing spiritual training and are portrayed wearing ornaments.
It is believed that 5.6billion years after the death of the historical Buddha, Miroku Bosatsu will appear to save the world.
The objects held various figures and the signs they make with their hands all have different meanings, these different elements combining to heighten their fascination.