Hashiguchi was born Hashiguchi Kiyoshi in Kagoshima Prefecture. His father hired a teacher in the Kano style of painting in when Kiyoshi was only ten. In he again won recognition for an ukiyo-e poster designed for the Mitsukoshi department store. He then became a serious student of ukiyo-e. He was especially interested in the great classical ukiyo-e artists and wrote several articles about Utamaro, Hiroshige and Harunobu. Instead, he worked in as supervisor of reproductions for 12 volumes called "Japanese Color Prints" Yamato nishiki-e and in the process became thoroughly familiar with the functions of artisan carvers and printers.