Ono Elementary School days
Kumagusu was born as the second son of the Minakata family and raised in Wakayama, one of the major cities of Japan of that day. From a young age he was interested in learning, and he had an insatiable curiosity for plants and animals.
In 1873, Kumagusu enrolled in Ono Elementary School. Around this time, it is said that he would make copies of books he borrowed and read them over and over.
He transcribed a wide variety of material, including dictionaries, illustrated encyclopedias, and Chinese pharmacology texts, among many.
From youth, Kumagusu exerted a superhuman memory. Through reading and writing, he was able to absorb all different sorts of knowledge.