Preserving Japanese Culture: Kuhonbutsu

Witness the ongoing endeavors to protect Japan's cultural past at this 17th-century temple.


A historically significant temple located in western Tokyo, Kuhonbutsu was first established in 1678.

Its nine famous Buddha statues, from which the temple gets its name, provide an excellent opportunity to delve into the site’s history and view up close art historians’ efforts to restore and preserve the Japan’s cultural legacy.

Instructor: Akiko Kubo
Akiko Kubo began her career in Japanese Buddhist cultural 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. Akiko has helped restore more than 100 carvings and regularly lectures on the subject.


  • Oct 29
  • 9:30am–12pm
  • Meeting point: Kuhonbutsu Station
  • Class fee: ¥3,636 (materials fee: ¥1,000)
  • Cancellation deadline: Oct 18
  • Prices exclude consumption tax.
  • Classes until the end of September 2019 will be subjected to 8% consumption tax.
  • Classes from October 2019 onward will be subjected to 10% consumption tax.