Originally from Izumi province, he was head of the Karakane family of shippers & rice warehousers. He regularly interacted with local literati including Gion Nankai, and exchanged poetry with members of Korean embassies to Edo. Karakane also exchanged letters with Arai Hakuseki.
- "Karakane Baisho," Nihon jinmei daijiten, Kodansha.
- Iwahashi Koyata, "Arai Hakuseki no shiron," Rekishi to chiri 15 (1925), 584-604.