In 1870, as a student dispatched by the Inuyama clan, he was sent to study in the German course of the Daigaku Nanko (later the University of Tokyo) (graduated in 1878). In 1873 he advanced to the pharmacy course of Daiichi Daigaku-ku Igakko (the First University District Medical School). In 1879 he received a bachelorship in pharmacy.
In 1883 he went to study at Strasburg University.
In 1878 he returned to his alma mater, Tokyo University, as professor. In 1883, he became editor of the Japanese Pharmacopoeia. After returning to Japan, he became professor at the Medical College of the Imperial University, and held post as pharmacist director-general of the Japan Pharmaceutical Association.