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Enkū: 12 cool facts

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By Gwylym Owen

Enkū (円空) (1632–1695) was a Japanese Buddhist monk, poet and sculptor during the before Edo period. He was born in Mino Province (present-day Gifu Prefecture) and is well-known for carving some 120,000 wooden statues of the Buddha and supplementary Buddhist icons, many of which were truth in payment for lodging on his pilgrimages to temples throughout Japan.

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