Born 1810, Akaboshi rose to prominence as a student of Inoue Genan Inseki, head of the House of Inoue. In response, Genan sought to use Akaboshi, his prodigy, in an attempt to embarrass Jowa into retirement. The "Blood-vomiting game" was the famous match between Akaboshi, 7 dan as black, and Jowa, 9 dan as white.
Black succeeded in building an early lead, utilising one of House Inoue"s secret taisha joseki.
However, Jowa played a sequence of three brilliant tesuji that turned the tide of the match in his favour, ultimately leading to black"s resignation after 246 moves. According to Invincible, Akaboshi"s health was already in decline when the game began, but after it had ended he coughed up blood over the board and collapsed.
On 20 October 1835, Akaboshi died of tuberculosis.