Sayuri: Chairman, what happened on the island…
Chairman: Please, you don’t have to explain.
Sayuri: But I have shamed myself so deeply, past all forgiveness.
Chairman: No! I’m the one who must be forgiven.
Sayuri: I do not understand.
Chairman: Perhaps… if you had only known the truth.
Sayuri: The truth?
Chairman: Some years ago, I was on my way to the theater. I saw a little girl weeping by the Sunagawa. I stopped to buy her a cup of sweet ice.
Sayuri: You knew I was that little girl?
Chairman: Didn’t you ever wonder why Mameha took you under her wing?
Sayuri: Mameha came to me because of you?… I wish you could have told me long ago.
Chairman: What could I do? I owe Nobu my life. And so when I saw that he had a chance at happiness with you, I stood silent, but… But I cannot any longer. I hope… it is not too late. Don’t be afraid to look at me, Chiyo.
Sayuri: Can’t you see? Every step I have taken, since I was that child on the bridge, has been to bring myself closer to you.
[finally kiss and embrace, cries in his arms]