When a train crossing meets an 18 meter tall Buddha statue 150 meters away, the scene comes together to make a very unique image. From the right angle, the horizontal red signals line up to make a pair of goggles or sunglasses for the Colossal Buddha of Hotei in Konan city near Nagoya along the Meitetsu Inuyama Line.

I visited the spot for a day and spoke with Dr David Maeda, the owner of the Daibutsu about its construction, its importance to the area and the challenges he faces with owning such a massive statue today.

Where is the Buddha Sunglasses? https://goo.gl/maps/Aw4JNxSk1rBSQg7u7

Note: Please be respectful of the cemetery and pay respect the the town’s ancestors before taking photos. It’s a small respect that means a lot to the city and its people.