“Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody”
“Sasa no Ha Rapusodi” (笹の葉ラプソディ)
On Tanabata, Kyon time travels with Mikuru on a mission exactly three years in the past. Kyon is guided by the future Mikuru to carry younger self, that she put to sleep, and is told to help someone. He finds a young Haruhi sneaking into her junior high school, and is forced to assist her, though keeping his name anonymous. After helping her draw strange symbols on the school athletics grounds, Haruhi questions him on the existence of strange beings, and Kyon suggests that they might exist because he knows someone like her at his school. After Haruhi leaves, Kyon wakes up Mikuru, only to find that she misplaces her time traveling device. They go to see Yuki, who helps them return to their proper time. Kyon wonders if he was the one who inspired Haruhi to attend his high school and start searching for strange beings.