Entries in Great Buddha (1)


Obama the Tourist: President Visits Great Buddha Before Trip Home

Photo Courtesy - Pete Souza/The White House(KAMAKURA, Japan) -- Before firing up the engines of Air Force One for the long trip home, President Obama took some time to play tourist in Japan. The president visited the iconic Great Buddha, a 44-foot tall bronze statue in Kamakura, which he first toured as a young boy with his mother.

The president signed a guest book there. Per his spokesman he wrote "It is wonderful to return to this great treasure of Japanese culture. Its beauty has stayed with me for many years."

He may not be leaving Asia with new trade agreements, but President Obama did pick up some souvenirs. He stopped at the gift shop at the statue and bought bracelets for his daughters, Malia and Sasha.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio