Preserving Japanese Culture: The Afterlife

When art conservationists restore Buddhist artifacts, it’s not uncommon to discover messages left behind by their former owners.

Through these notes, learn how the Buddhist conception of the afterlife influenced the outlook of artisans and their patrons as well as the art they produced.

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.


  • Dec 10
  • 10:30–11:30am
  • Beate Sirota Gordon & Haru Reischauer classrooms
  • ¥2,727
  • Cancellation deadline: Dec 2
  • 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.