He studied under his father and later at the Shoheiko, the Shogunate College.
He was appointed a Confucian instructor of his clan (1832). Around 1848, he lectured on Western gunnery. Also advised his lord to support an open-door policy toward foreign nations. He was appointed head of the Yokendo School in Sendai (1862). At the Meiji Restoration (1868), he was imprisoned but was soon pardoned.