A master meiji era painter and designer of woodblock-printed books, Furuya Korin was highly influenced by the Rinpa (Rimpa) movement of Ogata Korin (1658-1716). Korin was born in the Village of Kaizu in Shinga Prefecture. While in Kyoto (Tokyo), he first studied under the Shijo-style painter (Maruyama-Shijo school), Suzuki Mannen (1868-1893). Later, Korin studied with the director and Rinpa revivalist Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942), the leading Western-style-painter, Asai Chu (1856-1907) and others. In 1897, Furuya Korin received first prize for painting at the second annual Shinko Bijutsu Tenrankai (Exhibition of New and Old Art). In 1905, Furuya Korin began to teach at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts, and five years later he became an assistant professor. During his career, Korin was also a leading designer of the 'gafu' (picture album), 'Ehon' (picture book), also known as, woodblock-printed book.