On a bright and windy April afternoon three Tricycle staff members met photographer Lisa Elmaleh on 106th Street and Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. There, we conducted a 4 hour photo shoot of a 15-foot bronze statue of Shinran Shonin (the 12th-13th century Japanese Buddhist monk who founded Jodo Shinshu (Shin) Buddhism) outside the New York Buddhist Church.

The statue originally stood outside a park in Hiroshima, Japan. After surviving the atomic bombing of 1945, the bronze statue was sent to New York in 1955 as a symbol of world peace.

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