Born in Edo. Original name Yoshikawa Yoshimata; adopted into Watanabe family. Studied painting with Kikuchi Yosai. Traveled in U.S. and Europe. Received silver medal for painting at Paris exposition of 1878. Well-known illustrator and painter of birds and flowers. Major influence on Mizuno Toshikata and Kaburagi Kiyokata. Moku-hanga include Bird and Flower Picture Album (Kacho gafu), 1903, Wild Ducks, published by Nishinomiya, and a series of 22 bird and flower prints published by Okura in 1916.** 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.