Japanese-Buddhism Items | Who Is Butuzou World?
Butuzou World is a Japanese brand created by MORITA Inc. The Butuzou World brand has a strong sense of social responsibility that comes with its position as a leading seller of Buddhist statues. ("Butuzou" means Buddhist statues in Japanese. ) By eliminating uncertainties regarding the value of Buddhist statues, Butuzou World contributes to the development of the industry by providing a trustworthy shopping environment for its customers as well as by supporting the sculptors who produce Buddhist statues.
In such spirit, Butuzou World has adopted the motto: "A company has no value if it does not serve people" with the belief that serving people means contributing to their happiness. The value which selling Buddhist statues generally provides are "Memorial Services", "Prayer", "Healing", and "Hope". The brand also hopes that an interest in Buddhist statues will lead to an interest in the history and teachings of Buddhism that gave rise to those statues. The goal of the brand is not to promote the type of Buddhism that is focused on memorial services for the dead, but rather one that provides a so-called "guide to the human mind and soul" for individuals who wish to adopt Buddhist teachings to enrich their lives in this modern era we all live in. Butuzou World believes that the tolerance found in Buddhism is the wisdom that can lead to world peace, and that by studying those teachings, many individuals can live a full life.
Takaoka Doki (Copperware / Bronze) StatuesThe Butuzou World brand offers Buddhist statues that are made in Japan using Takaoka bronze sculpting techniques. With a 400 year history of manufacturing copperware, the city of Takaoka is Japan's foremost producer of cast sculpted Buddhist statues. Statues crafted here are painstakingly molded, cast, finished, and colored by the hands of craftsmen who have inherited traditional manufacturing techniques. We hope this series will support you spiritually while contributing to the aesthetic of your interior as you go about your daily activities; we believe that having these statues at your home close at hand will change the feel of the surrounding space, bringing peace and tranquility to your everyday life, thereby bringing you the ability to live every moment with meaning.
Buddhist Statues Beloved by Japanese Military Commanders from the Sengoku EraBuddhist statues have been deeply ingrained in Japanese culture and Japanese military commanders from the Sengoku era (approximately 1467-1568) also revered these figures, creating Buddhist statues themselves. Butuzou World has done a remarkable job in re-creating these statues in their product series Buddhist Statues Beloved by Japanese Military Commanders from the Sengoku Era.
About Youka, Kannon Painter
Butuzou World has collaborated with Youka, a Japanese Kannon painter, to make available giclee prints of the painter's fine artwork.
Youka was born in Tokyo. Raised in a creative environment by parents who work in the fashion industry, she decided to study art in university to expand her creativity and broaden her perspective. Youka studied at Boston University in her first year, and transferred to New York University starting from her sophomore year. She graduated from New York University (BFA) in 2011 with an honor.
After coming back to Japan, Youka worked as an art director, illustrator and designer, but she could not let go of her strong aspiration for art. Spending time away from Japan, Youka became to see and appreciate her own country from a different perspective. This led to her greater interests in her own Japanese culture, tradition, religion, and way of thinking. She was touched especially by old Buddhism sculptures of Kannon (Bodhisattva), which have long been loved, treasured and passed down through history. Kannon has become Youka’s important source of creative inspiration.
In 2013, Youka decided to start her career as a painter and held her first solo exhibition. She is currently living in Kamakura City where she owns her small gallery. Her paintings show her unique sense of design and colors achieved through her creative background. Her aspiration is to create artwork that will inspire the people living in this modern era and will resonate with their heart.
Youka also creates interesting original artwork called “kokotama,” a painting on droplet-shaped wood; "kokotama" can literally be translated as "heart jewel" - a beautiful droplet that will genuinely reflect your own heart.
You can find her profile right below. In addition, you can check her Instagram account to see more of her work.
- 1988 – Born in Tokyo
- 2011 – Graduated New York University with honor (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
- 2014 – First solo exhibition "kokotama bosatsu" (Kita-Aoyama, Tokyo)
- 2015 – Moved to Kita-Kamakura and opened small gallery "kokotama gallery"
- 2015 – "Moon Mirror" and "Chihayahuru" solo exhibitions (kokotama gallery)
- 2015 – Tokeiji Temple Gallery & Shop (Kita-Kamakura)
- 2015 – "New form of Prayer" exhibition held by Isumu Butsuzo World（Matsuzakaya, Nagoya）
- 2015 – Dedicate a painting of White Tara to Golden Temple in Nepal
- 2016 – Collaboration event "Heaven and Earth, The source" with Odissi dancer, Masako Ono (Butsunichi-an, Engakuji Temple)
- 2016 – "The Source" solo exhibition at Isumu Butsuzou World Gallery (Omotesando, Tokyo)
- 2017 – Tera Cafe Daikanyama interior wall design (Daikanyama, Tokyo)
- 2017 – "Modern Buddhism sculpture and paintings that resonate to our heart" exhibition at Keio Plaza Hotel (Shinjuku, Tokyo)
- 2017 – "Ibuki "solo exhibition at Isumu Butsuzou World Gallery (Omotesando, Tokyo)
- 2017 – "Light of Kannon" solo exhibition at Shoyeido Incense main shop in Kyoto (Kyoto)
- 2017 – Original Kannon painting for Jojuji Temple in Kyoto (Jojuji Temple, Kyoto)
- 2018 – Special Exhibition "kannon" at WAZA Concept Store in New York
- 2018 – Group Exhibition in Pleiades Gallery in New York
Zen Handcraft Woodpen
Mr. Yasutaka Takeuchi (竹内靖貴) boasts popularity in a wide variety of stores, from long established stationary stores to high level select shops, for his hand crafted pens, which are made with the sensitivity of a Japanese brush craftsman, passed down from his grandfather, to his father, to him. Ms. Gyokusui Nishimura (西村玉翠), promoter of the Gyokusha School, reigns over genius calligraphers with her free and fluid brushwork. These two individuals have created this original zen handcraft woodpen, with zen words as its theme. The completely hand carved and graceful curves are Yasutaka Takeuchi's unique design. The form, carved by hand from natural wood and acrylic material, is also excellent as a piece of human engineering, and incredibly easy to use. The autographed zen words on the surface of the luxury paulownia box are written in screen printing, which gives one even increased pleasure from owning it.
About Mr. Yasutaka Takeuchi (竹内靖貴): A Japanese brush artisan succeeding the essence of traditional brush craftsmanship, passed down from his grandfather's generation. Applying his sensibilities, fastidiously chosen materials, fine cuts, and polished skills, he has started creating original hand made writing utensils. Their extravagant curves are popular with a wide variety of people.
About Ms. Gyokusui Nishimura (西村玉翠): After beginning calligraphy at the age of five, she quickly became a master; a genius calligrapher known for her free and wild style. She has held exhibitions both inside and outside of Japan. Former Seijo Gakuen High School lecturer, chairperson of the Society for Promoting Calligraphy Education, and the promoter of the Gyokusha Calligraphy School. She has authored works including "Writing Memorable New Years Cards with Writing Brush" (心にのこる毛筆の年賀状) and "Making Calligraphy that Colors the Season" (季節を彩る書作品づくり―四季の花を表現する).