Also Yashima Gakutei. Ukiyo-e printmaker. Native of Edo, but lived in Osaka in the 1830s. Studied under Tsutsumi Shuei and Iwakubo Hokkei; much influenced by Hokusai. Also a kyoka poet, putting his own poems on his prints. Known as the adapter from Chinese to Japanese of Hsi-yu Chi (Journey to the West), a 16th-century novel, with illustrations. More famous in Japan as a writer than an artist; popular in his time. A good craftsman, made many excellent surimono and book illustrations. His landscapes of Osaka are quite delicate and decorative. Coll.; Albertina, Alien, Ashmolean, British, Brooklyn, Fitzwilliam, Fogg, Freer, Honolulu, Metropolitan, Minneapolis, Musee (2), Musees, Nelson, Newark, Philadelphia, Portland, Rhode Island, Rijksmuseum (1), Staatliche, Tokyo (1), Victoria, Worcester. Bib.: ARTA 9; Binyon (1), (3); Crighton; Dessins; Ficke; Keyes; Kunst; Meissner; Michener (3); Morrison 2; Nikuhitsu (2); Robinson (2); Schmidt; UG 14.
Source: Laurance P. Roberts, Dictionary of Japanese Artists