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A prolific illustrator, Taito II was born in Edo to a samurai family from Kyushu. He began his artistic education under the great Hokusai, who bestowed his own go “Taito” onto his young student in 1820. Taito II worked closely with his teacher, collaborating with Hokusai on the second Manga volume in 1815. Working independently in Edo from 1830 to 1843, Taito II worked in Osaka between 1843 and 1853. Throughout his career, Taito II’s oeuvre spanned ehon (illustrated books), single-sheet prints, and paintings. For a period of time, he began forging Hokusai’s signature, but was found out. Following this incident, Taito II was sometimes called “Inu (Dog) Hokusai” or “Osaka Hokusai”