A drone image reveals a masks positioned on a 57-metre-high statue of Buddhist goddess Kannon to wish for the top of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic at Houkokuji Aizu Betsuin temple in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on this handout picture taken on June 15 2021. OISO ALL SUPPORT/Handout by way of REUTERS
June 17, 2021
(Reuters) – Employees scaled an enormous statue of a Buddhist goddess in Japan on Tuesday to put a custom-made masks on her face, an act meant to be a prayer for the top of the coronavirus pandemic.
It took 4 staff three hours to hold the large masks on ropes up the 57 m-high (187 ft) white statue of the Buddhist goddess Kannon – the Goddess of Mercy – on the Houkokuji Aizu Betsuin temple in Fukushima Prefecture.
They then unfurled the masks made with pink web material, measuring 4.1 m by 5.3 m and weighing 35 kg (77 kilos), throughout the decrease half of the statue’s face.
The statue, constructed 33 years in the past, is hole with a spiral staircase that may be climbed to the peak of the goddess’ shoulder. Folks go to the statue, which is holding a child, to wish for the protected supply of infants and to ask for blessings for his or her newborns.
Temple supervisor Takaomi Horigane mentioned staff got here up with the concept for the face masks in discussions on the restoration of the statue after it was broken in an earthquake in February.
Horigane mentioned they plan to maintain the masks on the statue till the COVID-19 scenario is underneath management in Japan.
(Reporting by Rikako Maruyama and Akira Tomoshige; Writing by Karishma Singh; Enhancing by Tom Hogue)