In this episode, we bring you two works by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, one of Japan’s foremost authors. They are the short stories, "Mandarins" and "The Spider’s Thread." In this episode, we present "Mandarins." It was published in 1919 and is an essay-like story about a girl who the writer met on a train. (This program was broadcast on December 21, 2019.)