Kuhonzan Yuizainenbustuin Joshin Temple, or Kuhonbutsu, is a historically important temple in western Tokyo.
Established in 1678, the temple’s famous nine Buddha statues are undergoing restoration until 2032.
Besides being able to see the process of restoration, participants learn about the statues’ significance, the meaning of their different hand gestures and the history of the Buddhist site.
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.