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Japanese Buddhist Statue Replicas | Who Is Isumu?

Brand

Isumu is a Japanese brand created by MORITA Inc. The brand’s focus is to recreate in our modern lives the traditional Buddhist statues which the Japanese culture has cherished so much. The brand logo “イSム” is a combination of the Japanese kanji character “仏” and the English word “Spirit,” which represents the brand’s goal to adopt the spirit of Buddhism into our modern lives.


Brand Concept Video

See the Isumu's brand concept video below.


How the Statues Are Made

Isumu’s Buddhist statues are made from polystone, a material that combines powdered limestone and synthetic resin. Polystone feels very close to a real stone, and is highly durable as long as you do not put it in harsh conditions such as outdoors, intense heat, and heavy moisture. It is perfect for Isumu’s statues, because the material allows the statues to present a solid look and delicate expression. The mixture rate of powdered limestone and synthetic resin is optimized for every statue part in order to ensure the durability of the statue is maximized.
Great craftsmanship and technique are behind the creation of Isumu’s Buddhist statues:

  • Prototype: This is a critical process that determines the very quality of the statues. The original model is created over a period of 2-5 months with intricate calculations and expertise in order to follow the design of the real statue as much as possible.


  • Pieces Creation: Silicon is used during the process of creating the statue pieces. A high level of skill is required in this process of manual labor due to the delicate nature of silicon.


  • Polishing and Putting Together the Pieces: Each statue piece is polished with extreme care. The pieces are then put together in a pre-calculated and pre-decided sequence, which ensures that the overall appearance of the statue is consistently of high quality.


  • Coloring: This process requires a large amount of elaborate work. A great variety of materials, from pigments to gold leaves, are used to reproduce the history of the statue. Even among Isumu’s highly skilled craftsmen, only one is allowed to perform the task of coloring the eyes.


Packaging

The statues are securely packaged! The following is a picture of the packaging for Isumu's Standard series.


Product Series: S Class, Standard and TanaCocoro

Isumu has three product series:

  • S Class: With "S" standing for "superior," this product line provides breathtaking aesthetics simply beyond imagination. It has an awesome size and presence in addition to the unbelievably precise depiction of the original statue. (Price Range: 270,000 JPY + | Height: 500+ mm (20+ inches))
  • Standard: Having being made with great precision and without any compromise, this product line adds a great feeling of extravagance to anywhere in your home. (Price Range: 70,000 - 330,000 JPY | Height: 300 - 460 mm (12 - 18 inches))
  • TanaCocoro: This product line consists of high quality statues that are about the size of the palm of your hand (TanaCocoro means "the heart of the palm" in Japanese). This palm-sized scale makes the TanaCocoro series suitable for collection purposes. (Price Range: 14,000 - 39,000 JPY | Height: 100 - 200 mm (4 - 8 inches))
japanese Buddhist statues product series

Photos Taken by Isumu's Customers in Japan

Take a look at photos taken by Isumu's customers in Japan on Isumu's website page here.

S Class Lineup

Click on photos to move to product page. With "S" standing for "superior," this product line provides breathtaking aesthetics simply beyond imagination. It has an awesome size and presence in addition to the unbelievably precise depiction of the original statue.

Asyura (阿修羅) (S Class)

buddhist statue asyura
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Standard Lineup

Click on photos to move to product page. Having being made with great precision and without any compromise, this product line adds a great feeling of extravagance to anywhere in your home.

Senju Kannon (千手観音) (Standard)

buddhist statue senju kannon

Nyoirin Kannon (如意輪観音) (Standard)

buddhist statue nyoirin kannon

Yakushi-Nyorai (Bhaisajya Buddha) (薬師如来) (Standard)

buddhist statue yakushi nyorai

Bosatsu Hanka (菩薩半跏像) (Standard)

buddhist statue bosatsu hanka

Den Nyoirin Kannon (伝如意輪観音) (Standard)

buddhist statue den nyoirin kannon

Aizen Myo-o (Ragaraja) (愛染明王) (Standard)

buddhist satue ragaraja

Fudo Myo-o (Acala) (不動明王) (Standard)

buddhist statue fudo myoo

Bisyamon-ten (Vaisravana) (毘沙門天) (Standard)

buddhist statue vaisravana

Dainichi-Nyorai (Mahavairocana) (大日如来) (Standard)

buddhist statue dainichi nyorai

Kissyo ten (Lakshmi) (吉祥天 細密現存仕様) (Standard)

buddhist statue kissyo ten lakshmi

Asyura (阿修羅) (Standard)

buddhist statue asyura

Miroku Bosatsu (Maitreya) (弥勒菩薩) (Standard)

buddhist statue miroku bosatsu

Zao Gongen (蔵王権現) (Standard)

buddhist statue zao gongen

Kongo Rikishi (Deva King) (金剛力士) (Standard)

buddhist statue deva king
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TanaCocoro Lineup

Click on photos to move to product page. This product line consists of high quality statues that are about the size of the palm of your hand (TanaCocoro means "the heart of the palm" in Japanese). This palm-sized scale makes the TanaCocoro series suitable for collection purposes.

Miroku Bosatsu (Maitreya) (弥勒菩薩) (TanaCocoro)

buddhist statue mirokubosatsu

Bosatsu Hanka (菩薩半跏像) (TanaCocoro)

buddhist statue bosatsuhanka

Raijin (雷神) (TanaCocoro)

buddhist statue raijin

Zao Gongen (蔵王権現) (TanaCocoro)

buddhist statue zao tanacocoro

Kuya Shonin (空也上人) (TanaCocoro)

buddhist statue kuyashonin

Amitabha Looking Back (Mikaeri Amida) (みかえり阿弥陀) (TanaCocoro)

buddhist statue mikaeri

Goko Shiyui Amida (五劫思惟阿弥陀) (TanaCocoro)

buddhist statue goko shiyui

Dainichi-Nyorai (Mahavairocana) (大日如来) (TanaCocoro)

buddhist statue dainichinyorai

Kongo Rikishi (Deva King) Un-gyou (金剛力士 吽形) (TanaCocoro)

buddhist statue kongorikishi

Fudo Myo-o (Acala) (不動明王) (TanaCocoro)

buddhist statue fudo

Karyobinga (Kalaviṅka) (迦陵頻伽 笛 (Fue)) (TanaCocoro)

buddhist statue karyobinga fue

Bisyamon-ten (Vaisravana) (毘沙門天) (TanaCocoro)

buddhist statue bishamonten

Ryutoki (龍燈鬼) (TanaCocoro)

buddhist statue tentokiryutoki
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