Miyagawa Shuntei was born in 1873 in the Aichi prefecture of Japan. Much like the rest of his generation of print artists, Shuntei worked as a book and newspaper illustrator. He is best known for his genre print subjects of women and children playing.
Shuntei produced his finest work at the end of the nineteenth century. The two series of woodcuts entitled “Pictures of Customs” and “Flowers of the World of Pleasure” were both published in 1897 in Tokyo. Shuntei is often regarded as a precursor to the woodcuts of the following generation of famous Shin Hanga artists such as Goyo, Shinsui and Kotondo.