When I return to Kyoto, where I lived for over fifteen years, I occasionally enjoy going for drinks with friends who used to be my “comrades” in their days of student activism at Kyoto University and are now active in business circles. On one of these occasions, the calligrapher Kyūyō Ishikawa
was asked by some geishas in a Gion restaurant to write something with a brush. Being a fan of his calligraphic style, I asked him to write something on the paper coaster of my whiskey and water drink. As everyone held their breath wondering what would come out from his unique style with the brush, I saw the words “Reiji Himeoka
.” Among such close friends, I am still known as Himeoka.