Born in Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku Island. His father carved masks for village festivals and Azechi believed that this is where he acquired his craftsmanship. While delivering newspapers, Azechi noticed a student who was painting, this piqued his interest in becoming an artist. Unfortunately, circumstances prohibited him from studying art. After several attempts at various jobs, a friend helped him attain a position in a government printing plant. Here he began to make prints by scratching designs on lead plates. During this period he meets and works with woodblock artists - Un'ichi Hiratsuka (1895-1997), Koshiro Onchi (1891-1955) and Senpan Maekawa (1888-1960). Largely self-taught, Azechi is known for primitive prints featuring mountains and mountain men – memories from his childhood.