Apart from the bronze Daibutsu in Kotokuin, there are other interesting sites to see at the temple ground. We didn't go about exploring much, due to the weather but what we did see was plenty interesting.
Such as this huge straw sandal or warazori; which was a gift from Matsuzaka Children's Club of Hitachi-Ota in Ibaraki Prefecture. It was woven and donated by the children in 1951, with the wish that "the Great Buddha will don them and walk around Japan, bringing happiness to the people". Since 1956, the Matsuzaka Children's Club has kept the tradition and continues to make the warazori and present them to Kotokuin.
Here, in the Kangetsu-do Hall (Moon viewing hall) is where a standing image of Kannon Bosatsu is housed. The hall is believed to be a part of the imperial palace of the Joseon dynasty in Korea. It was donated by Kisei Sugino in 1924 and it was moved from Sugino Mansion in Meguro, Tokyo to Kotokuin.
As the temple is designated as the 23rd sacred place of the Kannon, a wooden Kannon statue that was said to have been made in late Edo period is enshrined inside.
I end this post with wakas and haikus inscribed on tablets in the temple ground :
Kamakura ya Mihotoke naredo Shakamuni wa Binan ni owasu Natsukodachi kana
Here in Kamakura, the sublime Buddha is of another world, but how like a handsome man he seems, adorned with the green of summer
Akiko Yosano (1878-1942)
Akitomoshi Tsukue no ueno Ikusanga
I face my desk, in soft autumn light - mountains, rivers!
Nobuko Yoshiya (1896 - 1973)
Daibutsu no Fuyubi wa yama ni Utsuri keri
Great Buddha, the soft light of winter, shining on you, moves on to the mountains
Tatsuko Hoshino (1903 - 1984)
Haru no ame Kamakura no namo Yawaragite
The spring rain, melting the Kamakura, snow huts of the north, softer even the word - Kamakura
Kensai Iimuro (1883 - 1928)
Teradera no Kane no sayakeku Narihibiki Kamakurayama ni Akikaze no Mitsu
How clear the chimes resound, of the temple bells, the hills of Kamakura, filled with autumn winds!
Kunen Kaneko (1876 - 1951)
p.s. It's another happy day! Thaipusam! It's a Hindu festival celebrated during the tenth month of the Hindu calendar and is celebrated as a thanksgiving to Lord Muruga. A day of penance, this is the time when one can witness devotees perform ceremonial acts, parades and rituals such as carrying "kavadis" that are attached to their bodies by hooks and steel spikes. It's a sight to see!