One of Ono’s less promising students, Shintaro is nonetheless someone whose company Ono seeks out. While Ono’s most promising students gather at the Migi-Hidari for high-minded discussions about art and patriotism, Shintaro frequents the small bar owned by Mrs. Kawakabi. Shintaro is extremely grateful to Ono for helping his brother Yoshio get a job and often showers Ono with praise. After the war, Ono and Shintaro continue to spend time drinking together, until Shintaro asks Ono to write to a school where he is applying for a job saying that Shintaro had not liked the direction their work together took during the war. Ono refuses to help Shintaro, and their friendship ends. After this, Ono compares Shintaro to his fellow pupil the Tortoise, saying both men lacked the courage to follow their convictions or admit their mistakes.
Shintaro Character Timeline in An Artist of the Floating World
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...recounts how he once told his students assembled at the Migi-Hidari about the incident with Shintaro and his brother Yoshio. Shintaro had not been one of the top students. Ono’s protégé... (full context)
Most people, Ono thinks, never feel this kind of contentment. Certainly, the Tortoise or Shintaro would be incapable of it, because they never risk anything to rise above mediocrity. Ono... (full context)