When I was in my 30s, I was working as an instructor at a prep school and cram school, starting with Kawaijuku Gakuen in Nagoya. I was trying to figure out how to build and maintain my own cram school. I believed that it was not enough to be an instructor who could not work without the golden signboard of a large cram school.
First, the subject to teach. Talking to a student, he said.
"Because Mansai Nomura was advertising it."
"Because Heidi was singing."
I had no intention of teaching students with that level of enthusiasm.
After much consideration, I decided to focus on students preparing for entrance exams to Kyoto University, Osaka University, and Nagoya University. I was an English teacher from Nagoya University who had returned from the U.S. and had passed the EIKEN Level 1 test. Even so, however, students who wanted to go to the former imperial universities, especially Kyoto University's School of Medicine, would often say to me,
"So, if you took Kyoto University, why didn't you go there?“
They asked me,
"So, if you apply to Kyoto University, will you be able to pass 80% of the medical school's borderline?"
They were skeptical.
Such students would not have been caught up in a kyogen actor or an anime. I thought that if I answered their requests properly, I could compete with large schools such as Toshin, Kawaijuku, and Sundai. However, even "Sanaru," with its 60,000 students, is even running TV commercials claiming to have admitted four students to Tokyo University Science III.