Takeuchi Seiho (1864 – 1942) was born in Kyoto as Tsunekichi. He was first a student of Eirin Tsuchida before becoming a pupil of the more prestigious Kono Bairei. Seiho was initially a painter who, after traveling around Europe, developed his own distinct style; a hybrid of western and Japanese tradition. In the 1930’s, he turned his attention to woodblock printing and gained great success with his work depicting birds and animals. The Japanese Government honored Seiho by awarding him the Order for Cultural Merit and naming him an artist of the Imperial Art Academy.