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Within Daibutsu-den, the Hall of the Great Buddha, there is a large pillar with a relatively small hole, ostensibly the size of one of the Buddha’s nostrils. According to lore, if you can successfully crawl through the hole, you will achieve enlightenment. If today was anything to go by, this path to enlightenment is the preserve of hoards of schoolchildren, but I couldn’t resist having a go. Getting through successfully earned much admiration from the Japanese adults watching, and presumably the level of enlightenment common amongst Japanese schoolchildren.