- Though not normally ranked with the very best players, he was nevertheless remarkable in several ways. For one thing, he was a devout Christian and his marriage to Onozuka Nakako? was the first between go professionals.
- His early career spanned a difficult period for all go players, and he had to hold down a real job, first as a newspaper staffer and then, from 1884, as a civil servant while he studied with the female pro Ito Shige?. He achieved promotion to 1-dan in 1892 while playing at Hoensha, and then rose up through the ranks rather quickly: 2-dan in 1893, 3-dan in 1895, 4-dan in 1898, 5-dan in 1902, 6-dan in 1912.