Kintsugi: "It is a practice in Japan where they mend cracked or broken ceramics with gold, rendering the piece even more beautiful than it started out. The idea behind it is not to hide the ugliness and brokenness but instead to use gold to make it shine; to illuminate and expose the damage. And at the end of the process the piece is even more beautiful having been broken."
Maki-e lacquer tea caddy by National Living Treasure of Japan, MATSUDA Gonroku (1896-1986) 松田権六 松文蒔絵棗
Maki-e lacquer tea caddy by National Living Treasure of Japan, Yoshikuni TAGUCHI (1923~1998)
A Four-Case Inro Signed Koma Yasutada saku, Edo Period (19th century). Decorated in gold and black hiramaki-e and gold and silver foil on a red ground with wisteria
Kamakura-bori Box Japan 19th century lacquered carved wood.... OMG I DIE....LOVE!