Wakayama Junior High School days
In 1879, Kumagusu enrolled in Wakayama Junior High School (present day Toin High School).
Kumagusu was obsessed with reading, making observations, and collecting specimens, while less interested in school works, so his grades were apparently not so good. One day when he did not turn up at school for several days, they even rumored that he had been “kidnapped” by a tengu monster while he collecting specimens in the mountains.
Among the teachers at the junior high school, Toriyama Hiraku influenced him greatly. Toriyama had studied both Japanese classics and Western natural history, and was one of important forerunners who introduced the Western learning.
Kumagusu’s encounter with Mr Toriyama was the first occasion for him to contact with the subject of natural history.