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Born in 1902 in Kyoto. Graduated from Kyoto City School of Fine Arts and Crafts and Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting in 1924.

In 1928, he entered the private school of Tsuchida Bakusen and made three trips to Korea. Exhibited Japanese-style painting with Kokuga sosaku Kyokai, forerunner of Nihon Hanga Kyokai. In 1929, he switched to mokuhan. Exhibited with Nihon Hanga kyokai,
Shun’yokai, Teiten, Shin Bunten, Nitten, and Kokugakai and in numerous solo exhibitions in Japan and abroad. Member of Nihon Hanga Kyokai from 1932. Active in promoting sosaku hanga in Kyoto. Published Taishu hanga in Kyoto with Asasa Benji and others.

Contributed to Han, Shin-hanga and Kitsutsuki. Organized the Red Green Society (Tanryokukai) which put out collections of small Prints (Han shohinshu).
Printed many sets and series published before World War II by Uchida, Unsodo and Kyoto Hanga-in. After World War II, he established the Matsukyu Publishing Company to produce and distribute his own prints and Korokusha, a subdivision of Matsukyu, for publication of self-carved, self-printed hanga by himself, Takahashi Tasaburo and Kameo Tobei.

TAKEN FROM: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975 by Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada

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