Born in Ibaraki prefecture. Original name Maejima Tadaaki. Graduated in 1945 from Ibaraki Normal School. Learned printmaking at monthly gatherings organized by Onchi Koshiro. Member Nihon Hanga Kyokai from 1958 and Modern Art Society. In the late 1950s and early 1960s experimented with natural grain of wood which he accentuated with wire brush and other tools. Later worked with cement relief built up on blocks of wood or cardboard. Participated in first and second Tokyo International biennales in 1957 and 1960, Pistoia, and other international exhibitions. Prints often deeply embossed with designs derived from Chinese characters or pottery shapes and enriched with a prominent red seal.** 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.