Heavy Snowfall Breaks Huge Tengu's NoseKurama, Kyoto City
The nose of a huge statue of "Tengu," a legendary creature with a long nose, was broken under the weight of the snow. The statue is located in front of Kurama Station of Eizan Electric Railway in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, and is popular as a symbol of the area associated with the legend of Tengu. The railway company, which manages the statue, said "It's really too bad. After giving him first aid, we will consider restoration measures."
According to the railway company, the broken nose is 2.8 meters long, about as long as the statue's face. The snow had continued falling intermittently from the night of January 14. In the morning on January 17, a railway company employee found the nose broken off from the root.
The statue is made of Styrofoam. It was created in 1994 to commemorate the 1200th anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto as the national capital. It has been located in front of Kurama Station since 2002 when it was received by Eizan Electric Railway as donation from Kyoto City. It has become a popular sightseeing spot where many tourists take pictures on their way to the Kuramadera Temple and other spots.(translated by Galileo, Inc.)