In 1952 visited America to study camera technique of color film.
Started his career as cameraman (1922). Entered the Shochiku Motion Picture Company (1926) and shot scenes for period dramas at Simokamo studio at Kyoto.
Later entered the Manchurian Motion Picture Company, and after the war returned to Japan, becoming a cameraman of the Daiei Motion Picture Company, returned to the old Job of doing camera work for period dramas at Kyoto.
He took the picture Jigokumon (Gate of Hell) East-man Color film, and won world-wide praise for producing a series of such beautiful scenes as would remind viewers of ancient picture scrolls.
His productions include Senhime and Yokihi, both of which are in color.