Preserving Japanese Culture: The Significance of Color

Do you know the real color of Buddha’s head?

Find out during this fascinating lecture on the meaning of Japan’s five traditional colors, the relevance of particular colors in Buddhist and Shinto artifacts and the techniques used to restore colors in cultural properties.

Discover, too, the importance of the aesthetic concept of wabi-sabi, the acceptance of transience and imperfection, in Japanese culture.

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 using lacquer and powdered gold. Akiko has helped restore more than 100 carvings and regularly lectures on the subject.


  • Wed
  • Apr 24
  • 10:30–11:30am
  • Toko Shinoda & Yukiko Maki classrooms
  • Class fee: ¥3,240
  • Cancellation deadline: Apr 17