Turns out just a few blocks from my house is a piece of Japanese history. This 15’ tall bronze statue is of the Buddhist teacher Shinran Shonin. This particular statue is famous because it survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb in 1945 (it was just 1.5 miles from the blast).
Years ago it was moved here by a Japanese businessman and placed in front of a very nondescript Buddhist temple on Riverside Dr (between 105 and 106th Streets).
The plaque reads that it serves as “… a symbol of lasting hope for world peace.”
I read about it on roadsideamerica.com and had to go see it for myself, despite the 28degree weather. I NEVER really noticed it and certainly never would have known its history otherwise, and I’ve walked this street many times. I need to learn to read those plaques when I walk by. I’m missing all kinds of interesting stuff.
It’s a very cool find, but probably radioactive as all get out…