Donald Keene (1922-2019), Chronicles of My Life: An American in the Heart of Japan
(New York: Columbia University Press, 2008), p. 42:
We had one day off, which I used to study Japanese literature at the University
of Hawaii. The first term we read a modern novel each week and wrote a report
in Japanese. The second term I persuaded the professor to read The Tale of Genji
with us. By this time I had begun to feel confident in my ability to read Japanese,
but I was by no means prepared for The Tale of Genji. Often I spent an hour or
more trying to read just one sentence.