From age 15 studied painting and illustration with Yamakawa Saiho and design for yuzen dyeing with Yamakawa Saiho, father of Yamakawa Shuho. Grad. 1923 from Japanese-style painting division of Kawabata Painting School. Influenced by Yanagi Soetsu, Serizawa Keisuke, and folk art movement of 1942. In 1955 turned to hanga and worked usually with stencils. Subjects are often workers at traditional tasks, festivals, exotic imagery of Buddhism, and folk art. Style is bold in mingei taste.
Entered the art world by creating indigo-dyed tapestries and kimonos. His work became so popular he was able to support himself and hsi family.