Sanshirō was finally introduced to Haraguchi. Sanshirō bowed respectfully, and the other man responded with a light nod. Sanshirō then listened quietly as the other two conversed.
Stating that he had a matter of business to discuss first, Haraguchi requested the professor's presence at a gathering he would hold soon. It wasn't to be any elaborate affair with renowned guests. He would invite just a select number of writers, artists, and professors for a casual evening. Most were mutually acquainted, so there would be no need for formalities. The only objectives were to gather a group for dinner and to promote beneficial exchange on arts and literature. That was it.
"I'll be there," the professor replied readily. That was Haraguchi's matter of business, and it was now concluded. The discussion that followed between Haraguchi and the professor was of great interest to Sanshirō.
"What have you been doing lately?" the professor inquired.
"I'm still working on Itchūbushi. I have five or so down now. Some of the pieces, like 'Flowers and Fall Colors - Eight Yoshiwara Scenes' and 'Lovers Suicide of Koina and Hanbei at Karasaki' are quite intriguing. You should give it a try. They say that Itchūbushi are not meant to be sung loudly. Historically, they were performed only in small rooms. Regrettably, this voice of mine is too loud. Then there are the intricate intonations I'm struggling with. One of these times I'll perform one, if you don't mind taking a listen."