Kyoritsu School – Tokyo University Preparatory School days
In 1883, Kumagusu left for Tokyo. The following year, after attending Kyoritsu School for one term, he enrolled in Tokyo University Preparatory School (which later became the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo). As classmates, Kumagusu met Natsume Soseki (novelist), Masaoka Shiki (poet), and many other young talents who were to help create the culture of Meiji Era.
However, he did not go to class diligently and instead went to the Library of Ueno where he read books in Japanese, Chinese, and English one after another as he copied them down into notebooks.
He also spent great effort collecting buried pottery, shells, plants, animals, and stones from all over, including Omori and Kamakura.
As a result he failed his examinations, and after this setback he returned to Wakayama in 1886.
That same year, he decided to move to the U.S.A, so he got on a boat from Yokohama and departed, at the age of 19.