Prince Koretaka Shinno (844 - 897 A.D.) … was a Buddhist monk and waka poet. He chose a reclusive life in meditation in the Honrinji temple located in the emperor’s city Kyoto. On the last day of his time in meditation – a November 13 – he received a lesson in the techniques of urushi by Kokuzo Bosatsu. It is supposed that the prince passed on this knowledge in the form of two scrolls. Koretaka is said to be responsible for developing the makie technique which had at its peak during the Kamakura period (1185-1333 AD).
The technical and artistic roots of kintsugi (golden joinery) build upon tra- ditional experiences of the trade with urushi (Japanese lacquer). With kintsugi the urushi sprinkeld picture technique – makie – is realized in a very special way.