Tomoko Nagakura and Tanya Uyeda explore the new installation of Buddhist-related works by Hanabusa Itchō and his school, as well as the magnificent painting Death of the Historical Buddha undergoing restoration in “Conservation in Action: Preserving Nirvana.” Hanabusa Itchō (1652–1724) was a rebellious cultural icon: a painter, calligrapher, poet, and entertainer, known for his satiric representations of everyday life. At the height of his career, he was exiled from the city of Edo for more than a decade. In 1713, after his return, Itchō painted his iconic Death of the Historical Buddha, portraying the passing of Buddha from this earthly realm into the state of perfect peace.