The "Nyanbuddha" series, with its prototype designed by the art unit "Hotokeya Sakai," has given birth to the Buddhist world's superstar, "Asyura."
Despite the distinctive chubby proportions of the Nyanbuddha series, the miraculous and beautiful three faces and six arms, along with the most significant attraction—the three faces carrying a subtle sense of sorrow—have been faithfully reproduced through the dedicated craftsmanship of Sakai Butsushi. By enshrining the guardian deity Asyura at your home, it is likely to provide strong protection for both you and your beloved feline companion.
The special exhibition "National Treasure Asura Exhibition" held in Tokyo, Fukuoka, and Nara in 2009 gathered an astonishing total of 1.9 million visitors. The National Treasure Asyura statue became a superstar in the world of Buddhist statues. Particularly popular among women, it sparked a trend where women of all ages began to visit temples, leading to the creation of the trendy term "Buddha Girls" (butsujo).
The three captivating faces that captivated women depict the growth process of Asyura. The face on the left, with clenched lips, represents the childhood stage where one cannot admit their mistakes. The face on the right signifies adolescence, acknowledging mistakes and seeking repentance. The front face symbolizes finding hope beyond repentance and awakening to Buddhist teachings in the youth stage. Interestingly, there is a theory that these three faces were intentionally left incomplete, just before perfection, and the expressions may appear different each time, influenced by the viewer's emotions or the prevailing mood.
This, perhaps, is the secret behind Asyura's greatest charm—never allowing the saying "Beauty fades after three days" to apply, as the expressions continually vary and captivate observers.