Kogyo’s widowed mother married Yoshitoshi, the famous Japanese print artist, when the boy was fifteen. Kogyo acquired both the elements of print design and an interest in Noh from his stepfather (Yoshitoshi studied Noh chanting). Kogyo also studied under Ogata Gekko. Kogyo is best known for his prints of Noh actors, and did a series called Nohgaku Hyakuban (One Hundred Noh Plays). This subject of this print is a monster that terrorized the imperial palace at night. Other subjects were courtesans, and some bird and flower (kacho-e) prints in the 1920s.