"About what I'd figured. -- Professor, I really can't warm to things like round lanterns and goose neck pipes. Maybe it's because I was born 15 years into the Meiji reign. These things seem outdated and alien to me. What about you?" Again he addressed Sanshirō.
"I don't necessarily dislike them," Sanshirō replied.
"Probably because you're fresh in from the Kyūshū countryside. Your head's still back in the first year of Meiji."
Neither Sanshirō nor the professor responded. A little further on, a grove of cedars next to an old temple had been cleared and the ground leveled. A Western-style building, painted blue, had been constructed on the site. Professor Hirota surveyed the temple and the painted building.
"It's an anachronism. Japan's physical and spiritual realms are no different. I assume you two are familiar with the Kudan lighthouse." The conversation was back to lighthouses. "It's very old. It even appears in the Illustrated Guide to Edo Sights."
"You're pulling our leg. The Kudan lighthouse may be old, but it's not old enough to appear in the Edo Guide."
Professor Hirota laughed. He realized he'd confused the Edo Guide with a nishiki-e print entitled Sights of Tōkyō. According to the professor, a modern brick building, housing an army officers' club, had been erected next to this long-standing lighthouse. The two structures side by side looked ridiculous. However, no one seemed to notice or mind. This epitomized the state of Japanese society.
Yojirō and Sanshirō nodded at the professor's remarks. About half a kilometer past the temple, they came to a large black gate. Yojirō suggested they enter and cut through to Dōkanyama. When they pressed him on whether it was really okay, he told them it was the Satake family suburban residence, and they allowed anyone to traverse the grounds. Reassured, they followed him through the gate. After they'd passed through a grove of trees and arrived at the edge of a pond, a caretaker appeared and scolded them severely. Yojirō apologized profusely in return.