Yoshiiku was the son of a teahouse proprietor and became a student of Utagawa Kuniyoshi.
He was a co-founder of the Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun, an illustrated daily hiragana newspaper in 1874.
Yoshiiku's works include the print Kokkei Wanisshi-ki (滑稽倭日史記) "Comical Record of Japanese History"), which employs the traditional theme of Hyakki Yakō on contemporary Japanese military actions in China. He cooperated with Tsukioka Yoshitoshi in the production of the muzan-e or 'cruel pictures' series Eimei nijūhasshūku (“Twenty-eight famous murders with verse”).
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