It rained. Cozily seated at green-gold tables in the green-gold Hotel Imperial, Tokyo, wealthy wayfarers watched the sky blacken through the rain. All over Tokyo it rained.
First Wayfarer: "There'll be no movies tonight—Asakusa Park (Nipponese Broadway) is running water a foot deep."
Second Wayfarer: "And all the Yoshiwara-folk will be abed before midnight—if their roofs don't leak."
First Wayfarer: "Yes, there's probably not a passable street in all Lowland."t
Second Wayfarer: "I see by the paper a streetcar crashed down into the moat by the Palace....