The next day, as predicted, the weather was fine. It had been an unusually mild year, and this day in particular was unseasonably warm. Sanshirō went to bathe in the morning. In these times of fervent activity, the bath in the morning hours was virtually deserted. In the changing room, Sanshirō saw a signboard for the Mitsukoshi dry goods store. An attractive woman was painted on the sign. Her face was somewhat like Mineko's, but the expression in her eyes was different. Her teeth weren't visible. The two things about Mineko that struck Sanshirō most were the look in her eyes and her even teeth. According to Yojirō, she was slightly buck toothed, and that was why her teeth showed so prominently. Sanshirō disagreed. ...
Sanshirō considered such things as he soaked, hardly bothering to wash. Since the prior evening, his awareness of himself as a "young man of the new age" was suddenly stronger. However, while his awareness was stronger, his body was unchanged. Compared to most, he was inclined to take it easy on days off. Today, he would venture out after lunch to see the track and field competition.
Sanshirō, by nature, was not fond of physical activity. Back home, he'd been rabbit hunting several times. He'd also once served as the flagman at his high school's rowing competition. He was rebuked severely for mixing up his red and green flags. It started when the professor in charge of the starting gun failed to fire it on the final heat. Or, rather, he fired it, but it made no sound, leaving Sanshirō flustered. Since that time, Sanshirō had kept his distance from athletics. Today, though, was the first competition since his arrival in Tōkyō, and he was determined to go watch. Yojirō had strongly recommended attending, though less for the competition and more for the ladies in attendance. Nonomiya's younger sister would probably be there, and Mineko would likely be with her. He would put in an appearance and give them his regards.