Googling about for pictures that might recall those little sketches in Light and Dark I discovered a manga about Soseki himself, The Times of Botchan. Library has it, I got vol 1 in last week, then acquired the others just in time for the weekend. It's my kind of manga: nothing much happens but lord, the cast of characters. So many many Meiji intellectuals crossing paths in Tokyo, all with their moustaches and brilliantined hair; sometimes hard to tell apart, and seriously *did* the translators have to put the names in western order? and translate sensei as master? But still.
Much more fun than yaoi Meiji intellectuals, oddly enough.