This is Amida, the golden Buddha and is thought to be the largest figure carved since ancient times. Towering more than 18 feet, the immense figure is an original work of art. When the carving was completed it was covered with cloth and painted with three applications of gold lacquer. Gold leaf was later applied over the lacquer finish.
The Bell House, called kanetsu-ki-do, contains a five foot high, three ton brass bell called bon-sho (sacred bell). It was cast in Osaka Japan from a mixture of bronze and tin by permission of the government in Japan. It closely resembles the bell hanging in an identical Bell House at the Uji Byodo-In.
The resonant sound of the bon-sho creats an atmosphere of tranquility for meditation that travels some distance. A soft wooden log called the “shu-moku” is used to stike the bell. The bell is customarily rung before one enters the temple to spread the eternal teachings of Buddha.