Organized the Kenyusha society of writers (1888) and started the magazine, Garakuta Bunko. Became famous for his Futari Bikurd Iromnge. Was a giant among Meiji Era novelists and modernized novel writing.
Among his disciples were such wellknown writers as Kyoka Izumi, Fuyd Oguri and Shusei Tokuda. At first he was on the staff of the Yomiuri Shimbun (newspaper) and later changed to the Niroku Shim-bun (newspaper).
Was influenced by Saikaku Ihara. His style was polished and elaborate. He excelled in describing women and treating love themes. Started writing in colloquial instead of the traditional literary style. Was also a haiku poet. His masterpieces included Tajo Takon, Konjiki Yasha, Shin Iro Zange, Kyara Makum, Futari Nyobo, Sanninzuma and Kokoro-no Yami.