Buddha Strikes Chord With Rugby Fans

A golden Buddha in Japan has attracted new - and unexpected - attention from rugby fanatics who are thronging to the statue to witness the hand gesture it shares with beloved World Cup hero Ayumu Goromaru.

The number of visitors to the religious-turned-sports shrine in central Japan has soared five-fold as fans descend on the Dainichi Nyorai statue, which has clasped hands with upward pointing index fingers touching each other - just like Goromaru's trademark pre-kick pose.
"At weekends, more than 1000 people pay homage a day," said chief priest of Seki-Zenkoji temple, Shunkai Sato. File photo Image by: Wikimedia commons
"At weekends, more than 1000 people pay homage a day," said chief priest of Seki-Zenkoji temple, Shunkai Sato. File photo
Image by: Wikimedia commons
"At weekends, more than 1000 people pay homage a day," said chief priest of Seki-Zenkoji temple, Shunkai Sato.
Goromaru, 29, propelled Japan to a shock victory over South Africa in September, scoring 24 points in what was described as the biggest upset in the history of the World Cup.

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