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Fujimura Institute
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Fujimura Institute honors the legacy of Osamu Fujimura through the works of Makoto Fujimura to bring Culture Care values into academia. Fujimura Institute provides collaborative projects such as Qu4rtets, Silence and other projects to integrate deepest realm of knowing through the act of making. Read More

Fujimura Institute mourns the passing of Osamu Fujimura (1926-2017) to whom this website is dedicated. This Wikipedia page is a good place to start to discover Osamu’s legacy in all of our lives.

  • Fujimura Institute presents a “Silence and Beauty” collaboration and conversation with Muneya Kato.

    The event will be held at Shusaku Endo Museum in Sotome, Nagasaki (Special events August 5th and 6th) and Sato Museum in Tokyo (August 8th)

    Please contact yanaka@makotofujimura.com or click below for detailed information. Windrider Film will be documenting this important collaboration for www.silenceandbeauty.com.

  • Newbigin House of Studies
    An Evening Conversation with Makoto Fujimura
    Joined by Dr. Scot Sherman in a discussion on ‘Silence and Beauty’

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 • 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Century Club of California
    1355 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA 94109
    Information and Tickets: $20.00

    The evening will begin with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by an interview and book signing.
    Copies of Silence and Beauty will be available for purchase.

  • Golden Sea, which will be featured in Howard and Roberta Ahmanson collections exhibit February 12 – April 1, 2016

    Opening Event
    February 12, 2016
    6:00pm – Cocktail Reception
    7:00pm – Performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time
    RSVP by Friday, 5 February 2016

    Ahmanson Gallery
    17512 Von Karman Avenue
    Irvine, CA 92614

    Open to the public through April 1
    By appointment,  760-944-9904
    Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm

  • QU4RTETS - Eliot at Ground Zero
    Hiroshima City University Art Museum
    28 October – 19 November
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    Qu4rtets “Eliot at Ground Zero”
    Special Opening Event

    Artist’s Bruce Herman & Makoto Fujimura
    Theologian Jeremy Begbie
    Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra

    12 November 2015


    Hiroshima City University
    Hiroshima Japan

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  • Trinity Forum
    Evening Conversation with Makoto Fujimura

    Fujimura spoke on Culture Care at last night’s [sold out] event, to a standing-room-only audience at the National Press Club
    Washington DC

    Click Here to watch the video

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    In this Evening Conversation, Fujimura argues for the importance of creating and conserving beauty as an antidote to much of our cultural brokenness, and asserts the need for cultural generativity in our public life. He also asserts that beauty is vital to the “soul care” of each individual, and offers a new vision for artists, supporters and “creative catalysts” of the power of artistic generativity and generosity to inspire, edify, and heal.

    Click here for complete conference information, rates and registration

    Conference Theme

    It is an understatement to say that the church and the contemporary art world find themselves in an uneasy relationship. On one hand, the leaders of local congregations, seminaries, and other Christian networks don’t know what to make of works by artists like Banksy and Chris Ofili, or Marina Abramovich and Barbara Kruger. Not only are these kinds of artist mostly unknown to church leaders, (more…)

  • William Jewell College


    GOLDEN SEA Documentary Film Screening

    Artist’s Talk / Q & A / Artist Reception & Book signing

    Friday, April 17 – 7:30-9:00pm
    National WWI Museum – J.C. Nichols Auditorium
    100 W. 26th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

    Click here for Registration, Speaker and Events schedules during Restoration Arts 2015 Conference

    Click here to explore / purchase GOLDEN SEA monograph

  • Easter at King's Programme

    Easter at King’sis a week long festival at King’s College, Cambridge UK.  Artists Bruce Herman and Makoto Fujimura will be among featured presenters at the Festival Event Launch,  Monday, 30 March, 2015, 5:30pm – The Chapel, King’s College / Cambridge.  For complete programme, ticket information and booking form: Download the 2015 programme and booking form

    Easter at King’s was started in 2004 and has grown into an enormously popular series of concerts and services for the Easter period. Some of the concerts and services are broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  A service recorded for television, ‘Easter from King’s’, is broadcast by BBC2 over the Easter period.


  • Kittredge Gallery | University of Puget Sound

    Presents works by Makoto Fujimura – Process Drawings

    Exhibit Opening | Artist Reception | Book signing
    with Artist Makoto Fujimura
    March 2, 2015
    Kittredge Gallery
    1500 North Warner Street
    Tacoma, WA 98416

    Reception follows GOLDEN SEA Documentary Film Screening
    with Makoto Fujimura
    Kilworth Chapel Lounge
    March 2, 2015

    Open to the Public 9:00am – 5:00pm



  • Easter at King's Programme

    Easter at King’sis a week long festival at King’s College, Cambridge UK.  Artists Bruce Herman and Makoto Fujimura will be among featured presenters at the Festival Event Launch,  Monday, 30 March, 2015, 5:30pm – The Chapel, King’s College / Cambridge.  For complete programme, ticket information and booking form: Download the 2015 programme and booking form

    Easter at King’s was started in 2004 and has grown into an enormously popular series of concerts and services for the Easter period. Some of the concerts and services are broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  A service recorded for television, ‘Easter from King’s’, is broadcast by BBC2 over the Easter period.

  • Art, Love and Beauty  Gathering
    - with Makoto Fujimura

    Thursday, February 19, 2015
    International Arts Movement
    38 West 39th Street – Third Floor
    New York, NY 10018

    Please join us and Special Guest Rev. Peter Heltzel, noted author of several books, including “Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation”, and a leading civil rights activist, for another special Art, Love and Beauty gathering!


    More info….

  • Unleashed Network

    An Unleashed Conference

    Join Makoto Fujimura and other Speakers & Artists
    Erwin McManus / John Voelz / Janet Ikz / The Josh Fox Band

    Thursday, January 15, 2015
    Westgate Church-Saratoga Campus
    San Jose CA

    Registration (required) information


    Unleashed is about shaping, developing, and engaging CULTURE through Elevating Missional Life. We strongly believe that empowering those of faith, who embrace a Christian worldview within the existing channels of society, not only shapes culture, but also creates more of it.
  • The American Academy of Religion,  names Makoto Fujimura as its ’2014 Religion and the Arts’ award recipient. This award is presented annually to an artist, performer, critic, curator, or scholar who has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the relations among the arts and the religions, both for the academy and for a broader public.

    American Academy of Religion will formally present the award at a special awards ceremony, this evening (November 23rd), in San Diego, at the AAR Annual Meeting.  Fujimura will also be the featured speaker, in scholarly conversation about his  work, religion and art, at a Special Topics Forum.

    Previous recipients of the award include Meredith Monk, Holland Carter, Gary Snyder, Betye & Alison Saar and  Bill Viola.

    Additional information…….

    Makoto Fujimura – in response to his being named this award recipient -

    “I am deeply honored by this award.  I have worked all my life toward the integration of art, faith and culture: What I have been calling ‘Culture Care’ is an approach to bring this integrated reality into the lives of all who seek deeper wisdom.  Creating beauty, using precious Nihonga materials in a contemporary arts context, is all part of my pilgrimage toward this integrated wisdom. Creating International Arts Movement and Fujimura Institute is an effort to archive and resource others with this wisdom as well.  I look forward to a conversation that leads for all of us to seek to ‘be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.’ (Rom. 8:21)”

    Dr. Philip G. Ryken, president of Wheaton College recently sent this message:

    “My first visit to one of Mako Fujimura’s exhibitions at a Manhattan art gallery brought fresh vision and unexpected beauty into my life. For Fujimura, life-giving beauty has its origins in the character of Jesus Christ. But the generous gift he wants to share is not sectarian. His work invites anyone and everyone to care for our culture—and its future—by nourishing its soul.”

    Dana Gioia, a poet and former chairman of National Endowment for the Arts, sent his congratulatory note:

    “The great spiritual trend of our era has been the synthesis of the world’s religious traditions in an attempt both to clarify human universals and to free us from our own cultural bias.  Most of this new work, however, becomes generic and generalized.  Makoto Fujimura’s signature distinction has been to  fuse the Eastern and Western traditions–artistic, spiritual, and literary- in ways that both reinvigorate and assert their individuality even as they combine into innovative new forms of expression.”


    D. Michael Lindsay, award winning sociologist, educator and President of Gordon College:

    “Never before have global Christians had more resources and opportunities to be a force for good in the world. Sadly, we don’t leverage these resources or take advantage of these opportunities nearly as often as we should. The work of Mako Fujimura and the Fujimura institute is at the vanguard of inspiring Christians to not just participate in culture, but to join God in the important work of redeeming it for the common good.” – Michael Lindsay, Gordon College president and professor of sociology”


    Andrew Nemr, tap dancer artist , recipient of  the Flo-Bert Award for Lifetime Achievement ,  co-founder of the Tap Legacy Foundation, Inc., TED Fellow and artist in residence for the Quarterly Arts Soiree :

    “With untold advances in technology and science in the past century there continues a general expectation that greater knowledge will provide for a more humane society. In truth it will be the courage to expose the sensitivities of the heart, to develop relationships based not on our survival instincts but rather on a desire to love, and to create work and spaces that point to these ideas, that will bring deep and lasting change to our global culture. Makoto Fujimura’s sensibility to these tenets are palpable.  His spirit to forge a path towards the changes necessary to develop a culture in which the caring for the other is a fundamental cornerstone should never be understated.”


    Philip Yancey, author of “What’s So Amazing about Grace?” and “The Jesus I Never Knew

    “While achieving excellence in his own field, Makoto Fujimura has sacrificially devoted himself to nurturing artists of all media, especially those sensitive to culture care.  The novelist Walker Percy once said, ‘[In art] you are telling the reader or the listener or the viewer something he already knows but which he doesn’t quite know that he knows, so that in the action of communication he experiences a recognition, a feeling that he has been there before, a shock of recognition.’   Art communicates in a manner at once subtle and transformative.  Perhaps the mysterious power of art—its lasting worth as well as its echo of original Creation—can serve as a rumor of transcendence, thus suggesting some template of meaning that modern culture lacks.  This world bears the stamp of genius, the stain of ruin, and the hint of redeemability, and that triune intuition of faith offers such a template.”


    Matt Heard, author of “Life with a Capital L: Embracing Your God-Given Humanity”

    “To use words from Thornton Wilder’s, ‘Our Town,’ Makoto Fujimura is a human being who genuinely ‘realizes life while he lives it.’  He contagiously cherishes an awareness of both the gift and calling embedded in our humanity.  For him to receive an award combining religion and the arts is profoundly appropriate because Makoto’s work, words, art and life all convey an understanding that the common ground of religion and art is indeed our humanness – and that an engagement with both our Creator and our creativity are colors that equally belong on the canvas of our culture.  His re-humanizing summons to culture-care fuels the redemptive yearning within each one of us for the world that ought to be.”


    Andy Crouch, executive editor, Christianity Today and author, “Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling”  and “Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power”

    “In a utilitarian age, beauty is a rare and radical commitment. Beauty that fully engages with suffering is more rare and radical still. Makoto Fujimura’s work both as a painter and as a convener and leader is infused with quiet confidence that humankind has by no means exhausted the resources to recreate and renew our cultural inheritance. This is hopeful culture making at its best.”


  • Whitman College  & The Donald H. Sheehan Gallery is pleased to present

    Process Drawings: Recent Works by Makoto Fujimura
    October 17 – December 15, 2014
    Sheehan Gallery

    Exhibition Opening Event
    GOLDEN SEA Documentary Film Screening

    Friday, October 17, 2014
    6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Artist Talk and Film Screening Event
    Olin Hall – Olin 130 Auditorium
    Artist’s Reception & Book signing
    Sheehan Gallery

  • International Arts Movement (IAM) welcomes
    philosopher and author

    Artists as Lovers

    Thursday, October 30
    Space 38\39
    38 West 39th Street – Third Floor
    New York, NY 10018

    “We do not know in order to love; we love in order to know.”

    - Esther Lightcap Meek

    Registration \  RSVP
    Email: rsvp@internationalartsmovement.org
    Contact: Nia Kiesow at 212.944.0944

    A Little Manual for Knowing, by Esther Lightcap Meek

  • Art, Love and Beauty Gathering with Makoto Fujimura

    “On Beauty and Sacrifice” 

    The evening will open with an interview with current IAM artist, Laurie Lea

    Thursday, September 18, 2014
    7:30pm – 9:00pm
    IAM Space
    38 West 39th Street
    New York, NY 10018

    Kindly RSVP to Nia James Kiesow or visit IAM for additional information

    Laurie Lea’s art will be exhibited at IAM Space through October 9


  • Makoto Fujimura returns to Grand Rapids, Michigan for opening week events at ArtPrize 2014
    September 23 – September 28

    Tuesday, September 23
    Acton Institute presents 
    Walking on Water: A Journey of Faith and Art with Makoto Fujimura

    A preview to his ArtPrize 2014 entry, ‘Walking on Water – Azurite’
    On display and hosted by Acton Institute – Main Lobby

        6:30 pm – Registration / Artist’s Reception
    7:00 pm – Lecture and Q & A
    8:00 pm – Post-Lecture Reception / Book Signing

    For additional information on Fujimura’s entry and ArtPrize®

    Friday, September 26
    Acton Institute presents
    Golden Sea Documentary Film Screening with Makoto Fujimura

    5:30-6:30pm – Artist’s Reception
    7:00pm – Film Event
    Artist’s Book signing
    Golden Sea monograph will be made available for purchase

    Sunday, September 28
    Mars Hill Bible Church to host Makoto Fujimura
    Art and Spirituality

    Gatherings at 9:00am & 11:00am

    Mars Hill Bible Church
    3501 Fairlane Ave SW
    Grandville, Michigan

  • The Still Point is a three-week line-up of exhibitions, performances and talks engaging art, faith and humanity consisting of a touring presentation of the QU4RTETS and showcase of works by artists in Hong Kong, conceived in response to the larger themes of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.


    QU4RTETS Exhibition: Meet The Artist
    University Museum & Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong
    13.9.2014 | Saturday | 3–4.30PM

    An afternoon of sharing by artist Makoto Fujimura on the QU4RTETS paintings created in parallel to the spirit and method of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Discussion will centre on the process behind the artistic, intellectual and spiritual journeys between Fujimura and the other artists, with the poem – in their search for recalibration and comfort amidst tragedies through the embrace of Christian literary and theological tradition.

    Please visit Still Point for more information


  • As we look forward to the QU4RTETS in Hong Kong exhibition this September, we will be featuring the QU4RTETS project throughout the summer of 2014. QU4RTETS Catalog and QU4RTETS Catalog-Signed, are available at  Fujimura Contemporary

    We warmly invite you to view this extraordinary interview hosted by Dr. Jonathan Master. Filmed earlier this year at Cairn University during its exhibition of QU4RTETS, “A Conversation with Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman” examines the inspiration for the QU4RTETS project and introduces the Fujimura Institute and its journey forward of bringing Eliot’s transcendent masterpiece to the canvas.

     Presented by Cairn’s Center for University Studies
    Jonathan Master is Professor of Theology and Dean of the School of Divinity at Cairn University

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    On July 25, 2013, Fujimura Institute hosted inaugural Institute Fellow Peter Candler, former professor of Theology at Baylor University and founder of the Theology Studio. He lectured on film auteur Terrence Malick as in his talk, “The Glory of Love’s New World: Terrence Malick’s American Pastoral.” Descriptive notes from Candler’s talk are now available. Especially if you missed the original event, check out the resource below to read what Candler thinks Malick’s films can teach us.

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    We are pleased to announce the 2014 schedule for our QU4RTETS project. Our first QU4RTETS exhibition will be at Cairn University from March 1 to May 17, ending with the Hong Kong exhibition in the Fall.

    Each exhibition will offer an ongoing display of the the QU4RTETS works of Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman,  along with special events featuring the artists of the entire collaboration: Jeremie Begbie, Makoto Fujimura, Bruce Herman, and Christopher Theofanidis. We invite you to visit the event pages below for specific information on events and appearances., We look forward to seeing you there!

    Photo Courtesy Roanoke College

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    We are pleased to announce that a 25-page preview version On Becoming Generative: An Introduction to Culture Care by Makoto Fujimura is now available! Purchase the eBook from Amazon for $2.99  /  Purchase the printed booklet from the Store for $4.99  – all proceeds go to the Fujimura Institute. Alternately, you can download the eBook for free by clicking the Resource link below.

    In addition, Marly Youmans has written an inspiring response to Fujimura’s essay, entitled The Magician’s Card. Download it below!

  • April 12, 2014 – 7:30pm

    George Fox University - Bauman Auditorium
    Newberg OR

    A Conversation with Makoto Fujimura on “Faith, Art and Culture”
    Golden Sea Documentary Film Screening
    Artist Q & A | Book signing

    April 15, 2014 – 7:30pm

    Seattle Pacific University – Collegium
    Seattle WA

    Presentation | Lecture – Makoto Fujimura
    Golden Sea Documentary Film Screening
    Artist Q & A | Reception

    April 16, 2014 – 7:00pm
    Seattle University
    Seattle WA

    Presentation | Lecture – Makoto Fujimura
    Golden Sea Documentary Film Screening
    Artist Q & A | Reception

    May 4, 2014 – 4:00pm
    Golden Sea Documentary Film Screening
    Artist Q & A | Reception

    June 18, 2014 – 7:00pm
    Acton University