Born in Yokohama, he attended Tokyo Imperial University in which he met Ernest Fenollosa. In 1890, he was one of the principal founders of the first Japanese art academy, Tokyo bijutsu gakko and a year later became the head but then was ousted from the school in an administrative strunggle. Later, he also founded Nihon Bijutsuin/Nippon Bijutsu-in with Hashimoto Gaho and Yokoyama Taikan. He held the Asian section/Oriental art division of Boston Museum in 1904.
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