He was a Confucian born in Osaka. His father was a doctor, Syutei Kato (加藤周貞). He studied under Santo Shinozaki (篠崎三島) and became his adopted son. Then he became a pupil of a Confucian, Seiri Koga (古賀精里) in Edo (now Tokyo). After he returned to Osaka, he had an interaction with many literati, including Sanyo Rai (頼山陽), Chikuden Tanomura (田能村竹田).