About 1,400 years ago in Japan, Buddhism was introduced from Korea, and along with it came the craftsmen, tools, and techniques needed to build temples. Prince Shotoku is said to have built temples in forty-six locations throughout Japan, and even today he is revered as the “God of craftsmanship” throughout the country. The original technique of “KUMIKO” is said to have started around that time, and has been taken over to the present with gradual changes by delicate sensitivity of the Japanese pepole.