Sanshirō held out his hand and received the account book. In the middle was 'Private Account Book,' and down the edge was printed 'Mineko Satomi.' Account book and seal in hand, Sanshirō remained in place and looked at Mineko.
"Thirty yen," she instructed him. She spoke as though withdrawing money were routine. Fortunately, back in Kumamoto, Sanshirō had frequently gone to Toyotsu on a similar errand with a similar account book. He proceeded up the stone steps, opened the door, and went inside. He handed the account book and seal to the clerk and received the requested amount. When he came back out, he didn't find Mineko waiting. She had already started walking toward the roadcut. Sanshirō hurried to catch up with her. He immediately put his hand in his pocket to return what was hers.
"Have you seen the Tanseikai exhibition?" she asked.
"I was given two tickets, but I haven't found the time. Shall we go and see?"
"I suppose I could."
"Let's go. It will end soon, and I owe it to Haraguchi to attend."
"Haraguchi gave you the tickets?"
"Yes. Do you know him?"
"I met him once at Professor Hirota's place."
"He's an interesting man. Says he's going to learn festival rhythms."
"He was saying he wanted to learn the tsuzumi. And also ..."