Shōjō is the Buddhist name the youth was given when he entered the Hachiman shrine on Otoko-yama (Yawata) near Kyoto. He later served the Konoe family under Konoe Nobutada. At that time he also became acquainted with the Zen-monks of Daitoku-ji. In 1627 he became the head of the small Takimoto-bō temple nearby; ten years later, he retired to a hut on the temple's estate which he called "Pine Flower Hall" (松花堂, Shōkadō). This became the name under which he is currently best known.
- Addiss, Steven (2006). 77 Dances. Japanese Calligraphy by Poets, Monks, and Scholars, 1568-1868. Boston & London: Weatherhill. ISBN 978-0-8348-0571-2.