Two murals adorn the north wall of the Intermountain Community Center in Burney thanks to the efforts of Japanese artists, two dozen local adult volunteers and more than 70 Burney students. Cho Kuwakado, a Buddhist priest and director of the Lumbini Kindergarten in Saiki City, Japan, led his Japanese team of six in the mural project, titled Chara-Rimpa. Dr. Yasuyuki Sakura was the lead artist in this, his first such international project in the U.S. The school director says other similar projects may follow; the next one possibly in the Bay Area. Students also created personal sketches using Japanese hand-made paper in Kari Rose's sixth grade class following completion of the murals. The idea for the art project came during a trip to Japan by Sarah Clark of Burney who was introduced to Kuwakado through a mutual friend living in Pasadena, California. Also visiting from Japan were artist Toshie Yoshioka and Keiko Kuwakado, Ninja performer and buddhist priest Eisho Taika, and photographer Seo Hiroaki. Chara-Rimpa is the title of the art project. Chara is an abbreviation of the word ‘character,’ which means something like ‘mascot’ in English, but has a deeper philosophical significance in Japanese, said Kuwakado. Rimpa is the name of a Japanese art school from the 17th century.