Gyokudo was born in Aichi Prefecture as the eldest son of a paper, Sumi ink and Japanese
Gyokudo went to Kyoto and studied the Maruyama and Shijo styles under Kohno
In 1896, when he was 23 years old, he moved to Tokyo and became a student
of Hashimoto Gaho.
Gyokudo is one of the founding members of Nihon Bijutsu-In (Japan Art Institute).
He was ordained as a judge of the 1st annual Bunten Exhibition in 1907.
From 1915, he became a teacher at Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko (Tokyo School of
In 1940, he was awarded the Order of Culture by the Japanese government.
During World War 2, he moved to Ome, Tokyo for safely.
He liked the environment and had lived there until he died in 1957.