This photo was shot two years ago inside the Mitsukoshi store located in Nihonbashi.
The statue of goddess 'Magokoro' is a masterpiece of Mr. Gengen Sato who spent more than 10 years at the task after it was commissioned by Mitsukoshi Ltd.
Consisting principally of Japanese cypress 'Hinoki" about 500 years old that was selected from the woods surrounding the Kibune Shrine in Kyoto, the statue is painted with clay pigment and chemical coloring, and decorated with gold and platinum. The figure represents the cloud-swathed Goddess of Sincerity descending lightly to the fruitful earth, accompanied by a phoenix bearing an offering for her tray of heavenly flowers.
Height of statue exclusive of base: 10.91m (35.8 feet)
Height of figure: 2.74m (9 feet)
Width of statue: 4.39m (14.4 feet)
Reference: Description of a photo on the Flickr gallery of user edgarjlaw. The original source is from the back of a photo distributed to the visitors by Mitsukoshi.
Mitsukoshi, Nihonbashi, Tokyo. January 16th, 2008
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