He was born in Suruga. (now Shizuoka pref.) He became a Zen(禅) priest when he was 15. He practiced asceticism around Japan. Then he became a temple master of Syouin-temple(松陰寺) when he was 33. He got started calligraphy seriously in his 60’s, so most of his works were written in his 60’s. He studied calligraphy by himself and his works are out of the box.