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Japanese, (1584–1639)
Painter, calligrapher. Born in Sakai. Became a shaso (Shinto-Buddhist priest) at the Otokoyama Hachiman-gu in Yamashiro. Knew the litary men and the tea masters prominent in the intellectual world of Kyoto. A contemporary of Koetsu and member of his circle. Studied under Sauraku. Also studied Chinese Ming and Yuan paintings. Finally created his own style. With Nobuhiro and Koetsu, one of the three great calligraphers of his time. At the end of his life retired to a hut that he celled the Shokado, using its name as one of his go. His painting is very much in tea-ceremony style: simple, spare, spontaneous ink sketches done with a forceful and witty brush. -- Roberts, L. Dictionary of Japanese Artists (1980)

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