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After training under a dyer for six months in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, art student Satoko Yamagishi decided she needed a break. In October 1998 she went to Montreal, where she met Philippe Lavoie, a Canadian computer chip designer studying Japanese.

One day in March 2000, Philippe was invited to a French language class taught by his friend. As it happened, Satoko was taking that class. “If she didn’t go to that class that day, I would not have met her. This is all just by chance,” Philippe says.

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