Kiyokata, late in life in YukinoshitaPhoto by Katayama setsuzo
Kiyokata (born Kaburaki Ken-ichi) was born
in Kanda,Tokyo, on Aug.31. His father, Jōno Saigiku was one of
the founders of Tokyo Nichi-nichi Shimbun (presently Mainichi Shimbun)
and was a brilliant man of letters as well as popular novelist
and drama critic. He was influenced by his father and grew up
in a literary atmosphere.
Through the recommendation of his father and
San-yu-tei Encho, he became a disciple of Mizuno Toshikata, an ukiyoe
artist of the Utagawa school and illustrator, in order to become
He was given the pseudonym “Kiyokata” by his
mentor Mizuno Toshikata.
He took charge of drawing illustrations for
“Yamato Shimbun” of which his father was president.
He drew illustrations for “Tohoku Shimbun”,
and became independent.
He organized the group “Ugō-kai”. Asked to
draw the frontispiece and binding for “Sannmai tsuzuki”(A series
of three works) written by Izumi Kyōka, he formed a close friendship
with Izumi Kyōka. He became more interested in Japanese-style
painting, and began to produce many fine works inspired by the
He began to draw frontispieces for the magazine
“Bungei Club” which led the literary world, and became established
as an illustrator.
A group called “Kyōdo-kai” was established
by Kiyokata’s apprentices; Ito Shinsui and Terashima Shimei. At
the 9th Bun-ten exhibition organized by the Ministry of Education,
his painting “A Shower Passing By” won the best prize.
“Kinrei-sha” was organized by Kiyokata together
with Kikkawa Reika, Yuki Somei, Hirafuku Hyakusui, and Matsuoka Eikyū.
He served as a judge for the 1st Teiten (the
exhibition organized by the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts)
He submitted “Tsukiji-Akashichō”at the 8th
Teiten exhibition. He received a prize from the Imperial Academy
of Fine Arts. He had established himself as a key figure in the
field both in name and reality.
“The Portrait of San-yu-tei Enchō” was exhibited
in the 11th Teiten. This work was designated as a national important
cultural property in 2003.
The Imperial Arts Academy was established and
Kiyokata became a member of this academy.
He was appointed as a Court Artist.
He was a judge at the 1st Japan Arts Exhibition
(Nitten). He moved to Zaimokuza, Kamakura from Gotemba where he
had been evacuated from Ushigome-Yaraichō, Tokyo, because his
house had been burned down during World War Ⅱ.
He was granted the Order of Cultural Merit.
Moved to Yukinoshita, Kamakura.