The Unknown Master of Restoration
Mayuyama Koji is an art restorer who works with antique dealers and museums nationwide. His unique skills allow him to flawlessly restore broken works to their former conditions, earning him the nickname "God Hand." The practice originated from his father in the postwar period, when many antiques would be repaired secretly through underground means. This documentary reveals the details of his techniques, as well as his mission not just to restore art, but to preserve it for generations to come.
Mayuyama Koji, the unknown master of restoration
Decorated plate before and after restoration (Kyushu Ceramic Museum, donated by the Kashima Nabeshima family)
Mayuyama's clients, Fujita Kiyoshi (right) of the Fujita Art Museum and Sen So-oku (left) of the Mushakouji-Senke school
Mayuyama's son, Yu