Introducing Heian Bussho
 Heian Bussho is the workshop of the master Buddhist sculptor Sohei Eri and his sculptor son Kokei Eri, and Kokei's wife Sayoko, a kirigane master.
 
These three form the nucleus of this modern studio producing Buddhist statues and crafts in Kyoto, Japan.
 Let us introduce our work first by tracing the origins of the Buddhist art.
 
The story begins with the birth of the Buddha in India some 2500 years ago.

 The Buddha was one who rescued those in pain and suffering, and explained to them the Truth of life.

 Those who heard this Truth were filled with joy, and cherishing his words, they preserved them and carefully passed them on from one generation to the next. Wherever the Buddhist teachings spread, it took on the coloring and temperament of the land it found itself in. There it brought the varied buds that the culture of each land contained to blossom and flourish.

 The Buddha statues that originate from the Gandhara and Mathura regions of northern and central India date to some five hundred years after Shakyamuni Buddha's death. After that time each area gave birth to large numbers of statues that influenced one another and brought this art form to a high level of development.

 Buddhism was transmitted to Japan during the age of the Buddhist statesman Shotoku Taishi, 574-622, where it became the foundation of a harmonious social order. For the longest time it served as the basis for the various cultures that our country contained. In Buddhist art alone, Japan would produce some of the finest examples of Buddhist sculpture in the world.

 The artistic sensitivity that gave birth to that art form still has the power to deeply move the hearts of people living today.
Shakyamuni Buddha
 To gaze upon those works, we can sense that from time immemorial they were born out of the hearts and minds of those who encountered the Truth the Buddha taught and who rejoiced in what they found. Created out of a feeling of gratitude, these statues represent their way of repaying the kindness the Buddha had shown them.
 As the magnificence of these statues is born out of the reverencing heart steeped in praise of the Buddha, how perfectly these statues manifest the feelings of longing for the Buddha land that we experience here and now.
 As wood was used to build virtually all the temples and monasteries in Japan, this dictated the choice of medium for making Buddhist statues. In its most flourishing period, official studios were established by the government in each area of Japan for the manufacture of Buddhist statues. In these studios large numbers of Buddhist sculptors,kiriganeshi, colorists, woodworkers, varnishers, and lacquerists gathered. All of them started out as apprentices, and honing their skills, passed down what they had learned to their disciples who would perpetuate that tradition.
 In our humble studio, the Heian Bussho there are Buddhist statues, altar ornaments, and handcrafted items of traditional nature which overflow with creative vitality. Our constant wish is to create the very finest in artistic works, and each day we vow to do our utmost to earn for ourselves that ever elusive title of "Master Artist."
 In closing, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to the past Masters of our tradition from the Indian and Chinese continents and the Korean peninsula who have taught us everything we know in our line of work.