The First Paragraph: Silk and Insight

Okano met Komazawa Zenjiro for the first time on September the first, 1953, during breakfast at a certain restaurant-hotel in Arashiyama, Kyoto. He happened to be staying there for a rest and knew that since the previous night captains of the textile industry had gathered for a fraternal meeting; the next morning in the hallway he happened to run into Murakawa, an old friend of his and president of Sakura Textiles, who coerced him into joining them for breakfast. Whatever he did, Okano always “happened” to do it.

—from Silk and Insight (1964) by Yukio Mishima, trans. by Hiroaki Sato

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