Preserving Japanese Culture: Buddhism Revealed

Buddhas, bodhisattvas and devas demystified.

What will I learn in this class?
From India and China to Japan, Buddhism has shaped the course of history across Asia and beyond. Learn the basic tenets of this great religion as well as the iconography seen in its temples, the rites and rituals performed by its practitioners and the methods conservationists employ to preserve its millennia-long history. This class includes a display of Buddhist sculptures for students to inspect and examine.

What is the goal of this class?
Students gain a deeper understanding of a driving force in Japanese cultural history as well as an introduction to Buddhism that goes far beyond pop philosophy.

Who teaches this class?
Akiko Kubo began her career in Japanese Buddhist artifact restoration in 2000. She specializes in the symbolism and preservation of traditional wooden Buddhist artifacts and buildings, including the kintsugi restoration method with lacquer and powdered gold. Kubo has helped restore more than 100 carvings and regularly lectures on the subject.


  • Feb 14
  • 1011:30am
  • Toko Shinoda & Yukiko Maki classrooms
  • ¥3,000
  • Cancellation deadline: Feb 5