|MUKOYOSHI YUBOKU (1961 - )
He has a title, Dai-Busshi. Dai-Busshi means the great Buddhism artisan and craftsman. He is one of craftsmen who has reached the climax of producing Buddhism sculptures. Dai-Busshi are a little numbers. He has produced many Buddhism sculptures for Buddhism temples, and restored ancient sculptures.
He had become a pupil of Matsuhisa Hourin and Matsuhisa Sourin at 1980. Though both craftsmen had passed away, they are representative Buddhism artisans of Showa years.
Hourin and Sourin were inheritor of Kei-ha (Kei group), and also MUKOYOSHI YUBOKU is also inheritor of Kei-ha.
Kei-ha is one of Buddhism art schools that began at Kamakura era (12th century). Unkei and Kaikei are historical representative craftsmen. They had changed the world of Buddhism sculpture dramatically. As they are mentioned on Japanese history textbook, many Japanese people know them.
At 1993, he was awarded grand prize at Kyoto that is the central city of Japanese Buddhism. Afterwards, he has been given title of Dai-Busshi from Buddhism temples. Now he has produced sculptures for temples and foreign embassy as symbol of friendly relations with each countries (for example, he had produced sculptures to some European embassy).
Dai-Busshi from Houraku-ji temple (1997), from Hachijo-ji temple (1999), from Henjo-ji temple (2010).
He restored ancient Buddhism sculptures at Koya-san, Negoro-ji temple and so on.
Seal myself, learn to predecessors, and add to present senses with all our might. I have to produce it as if it is alive, and hand it down to posterity. -- by MUKOYOSHI YUBOKU