Giant Buddhist statue gets Covid face mask in Japan – BBC News

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    A 57m (187ft) Buddhist statue dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Kannon, in central Japan has been draped with a giant face covering.

    Temple managers in Aizuwakamatsu plan to keep the figure masked until the Covid-19 pandemic is brought under control.

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