After studying Japanese painting at Kanazawa College of Art, from 1964 MAE studied under his father Taiho and mastered the traditional chinkin (incised and gold-filled decoration) technique.
Moreover, while engaged in art education at state schools, he continues production activities and research into techniques; he has devised a chinkin knife (chisel), and by making use of its engraving ability, and freely applying many different engraving techniques he creates urushi works. He also increases the decorative impact by employing color effects using such materials as powdered gold and silver, and has thus established his own exquisite style. He has presented many excellent works at various exhibitions, and is highly rated as an artist.
Honors and AffiliationFull member, Japan Kogei Association
Ishikawa Prefectural Institute of Wajima Lacquer Arts
StatusLiving National Treasure
（Important Intangible Cultural Property:Gold inlaid lacquer）