Born in Toyko. Given name Zennosuke; used the name Hokuto for Japanese-style paintings. Graduated from Kyoto Municipal School of Fine Arts and Crafts. Studied with Kikuchi Hobun. From 1923 active in MAVO, Sanka Zokei Bijutsu Kyokai, and proletarian art movement. Exhibited with Inten 1915-1923. Woodblock newspaper illustrations about 1935 printed directly from blocks. Multi-color prints of traditional Japanese subjects carved by Yamagishi Kazue, printed by Nishimura Kumakichi, published by Akashi Sanpaku. Also made lithograph collection called Power and Nourishment of the City (Tokai no Doryoku to Eiyo.) Active in Shin Bijutsu Kyokai and a novelists union. Taken in whole, or in part, with permission from: Merritt, Helen and Nanako Yamada. Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975. University of Hawaii Press: Honolulu. 1992.