Born Sakai Tadamoto, the son of the second Lord of Sakai of Himeji castle in Harima Province, he worked primarily as a Rimpa painter. He received a highly varied art education, beginning his training in Kyoto in the Kano school. He progressed to ukiyo-e and the tutelage of Utagawa Toyoharu, followed by Maruyama painting with Watanabe Nangaku, before joing the Nanga school and So Shiseki. Under the recommendation of Tani Bunhco, Hoitsu finally settled in the Rimpa school. In 1797, he became a Buddhist priest, devoting two decades to his painting and study of the life and works of Korin. As the Sakai family had financially supported Korin for a period of time, their collection of Korin’s works was expansive. During this time, Hoitsu completed an illustrated book of his own designs, Oson Gafu (1817), as well as two influential books recreating the painting of Korin (Korin Hyakuzu (1815)) and Kenzan (Kenzan Iboku Gafu (1823)) as woodblock prints. Hoitsu is noted for his careful balance of decorative style and elegant refinement of color and line.