In Japan, the vast majority of traditional sculpture is devoted to Buddhist art and although there was a great diversity in the materials and techniques used in its production, wood has always been the favorite. From the sixth century onwards, numerous different sculptural techniques were imported into Japan from Korea or China (metal casting, dry-lacquer, clay modeling, stone, etc.) but over many years, the national climate and the preferences of the people led to wood being selected as the ideal material.
We believe that the effort to preserve these cultural assets, that have endured through the centuries, is as important as the creation of contemporary works. This means that it is vital that we rediscover and preserve the techniques used in their construction while, simultaneously, fostering artists capable of carrying them out. It is only once this has been achieved that new measures for the preservation of cultural properties will come into being.
At our laboratory we do not limit ourselves to the study of restoration techniques or the education of people capable of carrying them out in the narrow sense. Rather, we treat these marvelous cultural properties, that were born of Japanﾕs cultural climate and to which our ancestors turned for peace of mind, with the utmost respect, while making every effort to pass them, the techniques and the spirit they embody, on to future generations.