Educator, statesman, government official. After the Meiji Restoration, he entered Daigaku Nanko as a student dispatched by the Takato clan, and served at the Ministry of Education. In 1875, he went to the United States to study education. After returning to Japan, he became the president of Tokyo Shihan Gakko. He made great contributions to the establishment and development of teacher education, music education, special education and gymnastics education. He also engaged in the compilation of school textbooks. Resigning from his government position in 1891, he played a central role in the private education movement. He also became involved in colonial education in Taiwan and worked on speech therapy to correct stuttering in his later years. Member of the House of Peers.