Uncovering the Past Through Boundless Curiosity: Baba Ryoji, Restorer of Cultural Properties
Baba Ryoji (71) is a leading restorer of Japan's many cultural properties. He's worked on the Phoenix Hall of Byodoin Temple, as well as Sanzen-in Temple, and is recognized as a holder of Selected Conservation Techniques. His extraordinary skill and knowledge are coupled with the latest technology to faithfully recreate historical materials and techniques. He brings centuries-old art back to life, inhabiting the spirit which inspired the original artists. Baba's current project is a 400-year-old artwork on a sliding door. He spends a year working on this irreplaceable piece of cultural history.