Okita was a beautiful waitress at the Naniwaya teahouse near the Asakusa Temple in the city of Edo (present day Tokyo). Iwai Tojaku I (Iwai Hanshirô V) was the finest onnagata (female impersonator) of his time, having both a beautiful voice and appearance. Although Shuncho was a member of the Katsukawa school, he emulated the style of Torii Kiyonaga, adding realism and individuality in his depictions of Kabuki actors.