Preserving Japanese Culture: Inside Buddhism

What does a reclining Buddha statue mean?

And what do the coils on Buddha’s head represent?

All will be revealed during this fascinating insight into the rites, landmarks and symbols of Buddhism, and the techniques used to restore temples and artifacts.

Gain an appreciation for this ancient religion and its various Asian forms.

Instructor: Akiko Kubo
Akiko began her career in Japanese Buddhist cultural restoration in 2000. Her expertise is in the symbolism and preservation of traditional wooden Buddhist artifacts and buildings, including the kintsugi restoration method with lacquer and powdered gold. Akiko has helped restore more than 100 carvings and regularly lectures on the subject.


  • Tue
  • Mar 5
  • 10am–11:30am
  • Bieate Sirota Gordon & Haru Reischauer Classrooms
  • Class fee: ¥3,240
  • Cancellation deadline: Feb 26