"What do you think?" he asked.
The title, written in large typeface, read 'Great Dark Void.' Below it was the pen name 'Reiyoshi.' Sanshirō had heard Yojirō use the term 'great dark void' several times in referring to Professor Hirota. However, the name 'Reiyoshi' was entirely unfamiliar. Before answering what he thought, Sanshirō turned his gaze back to Yojirō. Without a word, Yojirō leaned his face forward. Then, he pressed his right index finger to the tip of his nose and held it there. Another student, standing a ways off, observed the scene and broke into a grin. Yojirō took notice and finally lifted his finger off his nose.
"It's me," he said.
Sanshirō's supposition was confirmed. "That piece you were working on as the rest of us set out the chrysanthemum show. This is it?"
"That one? No. It's only been a few days. They can't set and print that fast. That'll come out next month. I wrote this one a while ago. Can you guess from the title what it's about?"
"Exactly. The first step is to stir up grassroots support. That'll open the door for a position at the university ..."
"Is this publication really that influential?" Sanshirō had never heard of it.
"Actually, no. That's the problem," Yojirō admitted.
"What's the circulation?"
Yojirō didn't give a number. "Well anyway, it's at least worth a try." He defended his effort.
On further inquiry, it turned out that Yojirō had a long history with this publication. Time allowing, he contributed something to each edition. At the same time, he always changed his pen name, so only a few close friends knew. Who could have guessed? Sanshirō himself was just now learning of Yojirō's connection to the literary community. Still, it was beyond him why Yojirō would want to release his 'important piece of work' under another silly assumed name.