Toshihide Migita was born in 1863 in Oitaken, Shizuoka Province. His father was a Kano school painter. Toshihide studied Western-style painting under Kunisawa Shinkuro (1847-1988). He was was a pioneer of Western-style painting in early Meiji Japan who studied in England under John Edgar Williams. When Shinkuro returned to Japan in 1874, he opened the Shogido art school.
After Shimkuro's death, Toshihide studied with Honda Kinkichiro, who was known for his Western style landscapes.
He also attended the school of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, widely known as the last great master of the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock printing and painting, and studied Japanese-style painting (Nihonga) with Watanabe Shotei (1851-
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