About Ikuo Hirayama

About Ikuo Hirayama

Career

Red Cross plan for cultural heritage

He got interviewed at Angkor Wat (1991)

Hirayama advocated the “Red Cross plan for cultural heritage” to protect and salvage cultural heritage sites etc., in the world currently on the brink of ruin. This is done, for example, through assistance for restoration of the Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Buddhist remains in Dunhuang, China, the Nanjing city walls, and old works of Japanese art owned by major overseas museums, and he took the lead in the plan by putting forward his own money. He also played a leading role by, for example, holding exhibitions to raise funds.
“My belief that we should leave these treasures of cultural heritage for posterity with our own efforts is rooted in my desire for a peaceful world, the same theme that inspires my painting. Protecting the cultural heritage buildings etc. that remain, which essentially are surviving witnesses of history, is nothing less than an act of peace.” (“Nihonga no Kokoro (Heart of Japanese-style Paintings)” Kodansha) We know that inspiration for the above statement was probably Hirayama’s prayer for the repose of souls of his schoolmates who perished in Japan’s atomic bombings.

At Angkor Thom with his wife Michiko (1991)

He got interviewed at Angkor Wat (1991)

In Dunhuang, China (1994)

With members of Dunhuang Academy China (1994)

At Mogao Caves with his wife Michiko (1998)

At Mogao Caves (1995)

Atended as the chairperson of Nanjing Castle preservation restoration cooperation business Japan Committee (1995)

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