For some reason, when I saw this fat-bellied Buddha on a street in Kyoto, I thought about a very old, traditional children's rhyme I'd heard in New Orleans when I was a kid.
Little girls would chant it while they were jumping rope, in a sort of lilting, creole, sing-song cadence. Most of what I remember of it is the chorus; it went something like this:
Why you so fat...?"
To which "Belly-man" would reply in that same cadence with a list of all the things he'd previously eaten. And then as the jump ropers sped up their pace, he'd promise to eat them all up, too.
It was fun to watch and hear!