The literary figure in the Meiji Era says that while occupations are finely divided more and more, it is uneconomical that young people with a college degree are "looking for means of living from the morning till night" (job hunting today?). He adds that a person used to have a number of trades, making it up on the spot when something was not available then and that in recent years "areas of knowledge and interest are narrowed day by day" and individuals are isolated, becoming severely incompetent. From a lecture, "Hobby and Occupation."
October 27, 2018
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun