Tenshi Nishimura entered Tokyo University (1883) and studied classics under Yasutsugu Shigeno.
Tenshi Nishimura joined the Osaka Asahi newspaper (1889). When Major Yasumasa Fukushima completed his lone travel across Siberia on horseback (1892), he met him at Vladivostok and wrote an account of Fukushima's adventures. When it appeared in the Osaka Asahi, Nishimura became famous overnight. Was a war correspondent during the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895). Became editor-in-chief of the Tokyo Asahi (1896), visited China repeatedly and went to Europe ( 1910). Also wrote several novels. He devoted his late years to study of Chinese classics and lectured at Kyoto University. Leaving the Asahi (1916), he became director of the Shimazu family's historiographical institute and a commissioner of the Imperial Household.