It is said that the exercises of the Chinese literature department of Kyoto University, especially Professor Koujiro Yoshikawa' exercises, were mostly on a one-on-one basis and "extremely severe." The scholar of Chinese literature and novelist who was one of his students said so to his friend, Hidetaro Sugimoto, who was a scholar of French literature, about the time when the professor's exercise was so severe that he glared back at him in spite of himself. I think it means that an experience of "doing something thoroughly" is a core of scholarship and craftsmanship. From Sugimoto's "Inhabiting Kyoto."
February 9 2017
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun