At lunch today my friend Osamu told me these two sayings that were current about twenty years ago in Kyoto.
First, for a woman choosing which of the three famous universities in the city to go to:
If you want a boyfriend, go to Doshisha (because that’s where the kids from rich families go.)
If you want a husband, go to Kyoto University (because they’ll all have good jobs in the future.)
If you want a bodyguard, go to Ritsumeikan (because the kids from working class families that want to study go.)
Second, what people said about Ritsumeikan.
Akai, kurai, dasai.
And in translation: Red(as in communist) , dark/dour, unfashionable.