The Koami School (幸阿弥派)

The Koami school is a group of maki-e masters engaging in Shitsugei (lacquer art). The Koami school and the Igarashi school are the two major schools assuming the honorary post of Goyo-maki-e (people allowed to provide maki-e to the Imperial Court).

Shirozaemon Michinaga TOKI, a kinju (attendant) of Yoshimasa ASHIKAGA, became a priest during the Muromachi period and called himself Koami. His descendants adopted the name "Koami" as their family name. The Koami family has lasted for nineteen generations.

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