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Son-en Hosshinno was born on August 1, 1298. He was the sixth son of Emperor Fushimi.
Son-en studied calligraphy under Yukifusa Sesonji and his brother, Yukitada. He was evolved the Sonen (Оierуu) school of calligraphy.
Son-en became head priest of the Tendai Sect in 1331 and later moved to the Shoren-in Temple.