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Rivivere

In Italian, Rivivere means “to be revived” or “to be resurrected,” and our mission focuses on developing of human resources and fundraising for the preservation of cultural properties.

We wish for the new generation to breathe new life into these cultural properties,
keeping them alive for years to come.

We strive to “inform the people in the present via revival.” We work towards this by cooperating with universities, research facilities, and even owners of cultural properties to commercialize reproductions of present-state and restored cultural properties, digital restorations, present-state digital data, and more. Our projects are wide-reaching, involving not only paintings, but a variety of other cultural properties like Buddhist statues.

Religion, Business, and Education Collaboration Project



This project is the first in the country to feature a collaboration between a Buddhist temple, a business, and a university. The project’s goal is to pass down traditional restoration and preservation techniques to the next generation and to preserve and bequeath cultural assets and treasures of Buddhist temples, and to those means, it has undertaken restoration and reproduction of a National Treasure Buddhist painting. Case 1 featured a collaboration of religion, business, and education between Kosaido Co.,Ltd., Seian University of Art and Design, and Daigoji Temple. The Seian University of Art and Design studied the coloration of the color painting on silk the “Five Wisdom Kings Fudō Myōō,” a National Treasure held by Daigoji Temple, and, under the supervision of Professor Toshiaki Yoshimura, a group of 9 students and professors from the Japanese Paintings department created restored reproductions of the painting.

Daigoji Temple

Daigoji Temple was established in 874 AD by the Buddhist monk Shōbō, posthumously known as Rigen Daishi, who was a second-generation disciple of Kukai, posthumously known as Kōbō Daishi. It is known for being one of the famous temples that played an important role in Buddhist history, and it became a UNESCO-designated World Cultural Heritage Site as a cultural asset of Kyoto in 1994. Daigoji Temple’s collection of treasures includes 69,419 items designated as National Treasures and 6,522 items designated as Important Cultural Properties. Including non-designated items, the temple’s collection amounts to approximately 150,000 items.
Website | https://www.daigoji.or.jp/

Seian University of Art and Design

Seian University of Art and Design was first established as Seian Sewing School in 1920. The university produces talented individuals who work in the fields of art and design. Students in the university’s Fine Arts field’s Japanese Paintings course were recruited for this project, and a select few from that group were chosen to perform the restoration work.
Website | http://www.seian.ac.jp/

Kosaido Co.,Ltd.

Established in 1949, Kosaido Co.,Ltd. holds the management philosophy of “broadly redeeming the world (contributing widely to society).” They encompass a wide variety of businesses, including printing, IT, BPO, HR services, eco-business, publishing, and funerary services in their efforts to contribute to the development of society and the creation of enriching lifestyles.
Website | http://www.kosaido.co.jp/

The 800-Year-Old Colors are Revived in the Present Age


Daigoji Temple Treasure “Color Painting on Silk of the Five Wisdom Kings Fudō Myōō”
[Designated as a National Treasure in 1995]

This time, the restored piece from Daigoji Temple was a color painting on silk of the Five Wisdom Kings Fudō Myōō, believed to have been painted around 800 years ago during the early Kamakura Period and famous for its powerful moving facial expressions filled with rage on a majestic plane. Fudō Myōō is a central presence even among the other Wisdom Kings, and he is typically depicted as holding a sword in his right hand, rope in his left, and backed by karuraen (flames in the shape of karura, a creature in Japanese Hindu-Buddhist mythology based on Garuda). He sits atop a stone seat, declaring that he “will not move from this spot until all people are saved.” Together with the figures on his either side, the white-bodied Kongara Douji and red-bodied Seitaka Douji, he leads all living beings. In Japan, the familiar visage of Fudō Myōō, called “O-Fudō-san,” is said to bring familial safety and triumph, as well as to ward off misfortune and invite luck.

Project Goals

1. Succession of Restoration Techniques
-Development of Human Resources to Pass Down Techniques-

Technological innovations have granted us unprecedented advantages and conveniences. However, because of this, it is also true that we are losing ancient techniques, traditions, and practices. Moreover, due to the ageing population of skilled artisans, it has become a problem to cultivate the next generation of specialists who are willing to become their successors. Therefore, the purpose of this business-education-religion collaborative project is to foster human resources to pass down these techniques. In particular, “reproduction” techniques in the field of painting are indispensable for the preservation and restoration of important cultural assets. Daigoji Temple, whose motto is “living and live cultural assets,” has teamed up with Seian University of Art and Design to offer courses on restoration and reproduction techniques. The temple provided unconditional access to the original color paintings on silk of the Five Wisdom Kings, which have been designated as National Treasure and holds important meaning from the perspective of faith, so that they could be given new life as reproductions of the original.

2. Succession of Treasures at Daigoji Temple
-Creating a System to Pass Down Temple Treasures-

Thanks to the efforts of generations of head monks, Daigoji Temple holds approximately 150,000 items in its collection, 69,419 of which have been designated as National Treasures and 6,522 of which have been designated as Important Cultural Properties. A reproduction of the Five Wisdom Kings, restored by the business-education-religion collaborative project, will be made available by Kosaido Co.,Ltd. using a special printing technique and then merchandised to be sold in the form of hanging wall scrolls and the like. A percentage of the sales will be donated to Daigoji Temple to help restore and preserve the many treasures in the temple’s collection. As such, another aim of this project is to create a system whereby Daigoji Temple’s collection of treasures will be preserved for future generations. We wish to share the treasures that Daigoji Temple has carefully protected for all these years with all the generations to come.

This restoration production was created as part of an established special course at Seian University of Art and Design with the goal of fostering human resources to inherit restoration techniques and to preserve cultural assets. With regards to the coloration of restored works, currently undefined portions are still under study by specialized institutions, based on the opinions of Seian University of Art and Design.

Products


   

“Fudō Myōō” Hanging Scroll

The original piece has been carefully reproduced in vivid color, down to the finest of details. This vivid image has recreated the subtle depiction of Fudō Myōō, down to the benevolence within his enraged expression. The youraku, or adornments, and ritual implements pictured on each scroll are gilded with gold leaf, so they shine beautifully.


   

“Fudō Myōō” Nishijin Silk Hanging Scroll

This hanging scroll is made in traditional Kyoto “Nishinjin-ori” style. Fudō Myōō has been reproduced in the fine weave of the Nishinjin style. It has been woven in extreme detail with more colors than standard pieces, and it truly gives off the characteristic composed feel of Kyoto’s Nishinjin-ori products.


  

“Fudō Myōō” Karu! JIKU

The original hanging scroll has been converted into a miniature hanging tapestry. The tapestry is small and lightweight, so you can hang it anywhere in a room. O-Fudō-san quietly watches over your daily life.

Item, Price & Contact

“Fudō Myōō” Hanging Scroll

■ Simplified Mounting ★Limited to 100 copies only.
 Price (before tax) 300,000 yen
・100% Silk Weave – No Suji-Mawashi (Thin Mounting Border)
・Size: 54.5cm wide by 128cm high
・Main Work – New silk cloth (Main Work sized 40.5cm wide by 128cm high)
・Scroll Ends – Painted black
・10-year warranty included for paint and mounting


■ Main Work Only
 Price (before tax) 280,000 yen
Unmounted main work only.If you have a preferred way to mount or frame on your own,this is the way to go.
・Main Work – New silk cloth (Main Work sized 40.5cm wide by 128cm high)

Delivery: 60 days after the payment confirmation.
“Fudō Myōō” Nishijin Silk Hanging Scroll 

★Limited to 50 copies only.
 Price (before tax) 925,000 yen
・Size: 73cm wide by 157cm high
・Kyoto Hosei Co., Ltd.

Delivery: 90 days after the payment confirmation.
“Fudō Myōō” Karu! JIKU
■ Mini Hanging Scroll
 Price (before tax) 3,400 yen
・Size: 20cm wide by 50 cm high, scroll end: 22cm
・Print: 10-color Inkjet Print
・Materials: surface: polyester, back: lining paper,
 scroll-end: resin

*Everything is printed (including a cloth-looking part)
■ Mini-tokonoma (alcove) scroll
 Price (before tax) 20,000 yen
■ Mini-tokonoma stand
 Price (before tax) 10,000 yen

These items are created to restore and preserve traditional art techniques and bequeath cultural assets. This project is a collaboration between Daigoji Temple, Seian University of Art & Design and Kosaido Co., Ltd. Merchandising the art is proven by Daigoji Temple, however, the temple does not deal with the sales or the profit of any matters.

Payment
Currency | Japanese Yen
Terms | 100% advance payment , T.T.
Price | EMS property insurance & shipping fee will be added to the price.

Contact
To order or inquire in English | oskkaigai@gmail.com

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