In the midst of a transfer from Tokyo to Korea
an old friend dropped by my neighborhood
including me, there were three of us former classmates in the neighborhood

I took his call because
my buddies were at the cinema showing
in the New World

I found in my desk my name card from before I was adopted
and wrote on it the plans for the farewell party
and told the other two

On the day we four were to meet at the hotel
I was first
on the terrace the fan had stopped but it was cool

In the fountain the children who had sneaked in
floated rubber fish
on the surface of my plans …

– Ito Shizuo in Kevin Doak’s Dreams of Difference (Berkeley, CA: U of California Press, 1994), pp. 65-66.