Japanese-style painter. Born in Kyoto, the son of a Shinto priest in Kamo. He studied under the Shijo school painter Shigehiko Okamoto, and after his master died he studied on his own. Later he was adopted by Samon Kumagai, a samurai of the Hiroshima Clan and emonkata based in Kyoto, and was busily engaged in clan affairs as a samurai. After the Meiji Restoration, he moved to Tokyo and became active as a painter, exhibiting at the Chicago and Paris world expositions and elsewhere. He excelled especially at figure painting. In 1904, he became teishitsu gigeiin (Imperial artist).