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Whimsical Stone Worshipers

Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan that features over 1,200 stone figures representing Rakan, or disciples of Shaka (the founder of Buddhism), that were mostly carved by amateurs from across the country under the guidance of sculptor Kocho Nishimura. Each sculpture is a whimsical display of expressive faces, adding a playful element to the spiritual environment.

The figurative sculptures were first donated in 1981, only a little over 30 years ago, allowing the present temple, a reconstruction of its former self which was originally built in the middle of the eighth century, to become known for its humorous figures. Now the smiling faces and expressive gestures still manage to translate through the moss that covers them. Even during winter, when snow coats the small, stone bodies, one can make out the playfully spirited figures.

Info source: My Modern Met

Yummy Edible Sculptures

Goldfish and octopuses that look like glass, tiny real looking pandas, shiba inu dogs, rabbits, dragons, and snakes… all edible. In the art of Amezaiku, artisans craft small candy lollipop sculptures.

During the Heian period, the art of amezaiku was imported from China and was probably first used in Japan for candy offerings made at temples in Kyoto.

The amezaiku craft spread beyond the temple during the Edo period, when many forms of street performance flourished in Japan and when its base ingredient, mizuame, became widely available. In Edo it emerged in its present artistic form.

Amezaiku artists also paint their sculpted candy with edible dyes to give the finished work more character.

Animals and insects are common amezaiku shapes created to appeal to children.

Intricate animal characters are created with expert speed. The realism is amazing!

Some amezaiku artists are also street performers who perform magic tricks and tell stories along with their candy craft entertainment.

Super Cool Wooden Car

Check out this cool little car made of wood.
Pretty nifty!

Let’s take a look inside!

I love the way it looks inside!
Very plush!

But what’s under the hood?
Let’s take a look!

Hmmm…
Looks very clean and new!

What else does this cute little car have going for it?

Nice tires.
I wonder what it looks like underneath.

Again, looks very clean and new!

It’s a cute little two seater.
I wonder what’s in the trunk?

I love it!

World’s Largest Burger

Check this kid out!
He’s going to eat the world’s largest burger ever!

Is this for real?
Yes, it actually is!
Here’s the cook…

The Over De Flames burger, which could be the whopper to end all whoppers, contains more than 13,000 calories – almost the amount an average man should consume in a week.

Standing at around 30cm in diameter and containing a staggering 40 slices of cheese, the burger poses a gut-busting challenge for even the hungriest of customers. It is served with fries and a milkshake, boasts lashings of relish, ketchup and mayonnaise, plus two whole onions, three tomatoes and an entire head of lettuce.

Equivalent to more than 26 quarter-pounders, the monolithic meat feast contains three kilos of beef (6.5lb), dwarfing its competitors in the race to be named Britain’s biggest – and most calorific – burger.

The brainchild of restaurateur Sudeep De, the burger is only available at the Over De Flames restaurant within Norwich venue The Basement.

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