Kakuzo Okakura was born in 1862 in Yokohama, Japan. In 1890, Okakura was one of the
principal founders of the first Japanese fine-arts academy, Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko
(Tokyo School of Fine Arts) and a year later became the head, though he was later ousted
from the school in an administrative struggle. Later, he also founded the (Japan Art
Institute) with Hashimoto Gaho and Yokoyama Taikan. He was invited by William Sturgis
Bigelow to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1904 and became the first head of the Asian
art division in 1910. He died in 1913.