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Dr. Hal and Pat Canning, of Baton Rouge, visit the Great Buddha on the grounds of the Kotokuin temple in Kamakura, Japan. The enormous bronze statue is more than 43 feet tall and dates to 1252. The Cannings also toured Tokyo, Kyoto, Odawara, Himeji, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. The 25-day trip included stops in Shanghai, China; Taipei, Taiwan; and Hong Kong.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM PAT CANNING