Graduated from the Literature Section, Tokyo Semmon Gakko (predecessor of Waseda University) (1894).
He lectured at the school and wrote novels and criticism for the magazines Waseda Bungaku. Studied in Britain and Germany. After returning to Japan, he was appointed professor at Waseda University and revived the Waseda Bungaku.
Assisted Dr. Shoyo Tsubouchi in organizing the Bungei Kyokai, a dramatic group. Its first performance was Ibsen's "A Doll's House." After it disbanded, he organized the Geijutsuza Company with Sumako Matsu, actress. Shortly after his death, Sumako killed herself.