Toxic parents

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My relationship with my parents was toxic. My father only spoke to me when he was drunk. He would enjoy provoking me with hurtful words, and when he was doing […]

Grandmother

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My grandmother passed away in June 2011, a few months after the Tohoku earthquake. She was 98 years old, but she had stopped living much earlier. When I went home […]

Essay 2 – Jizo

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The second time I asked my grandmother what I should write about, she suggested the “Jizo” of our community. Jizo, in general, is the statue of Bodhisattva. They are less […]

Essay 1 – bath furnace

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Among a handful of good things that happened during three years with Miss Kawano was that she made us write a short essay every day. Most of the time, we […]

Sister – rage against sister

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I spent Christmas and new years of 2015 – 2016 with my family in Japan. On Christmas morning, my sister and two nieces (9 and 7 years old) were watching […]

Sister – smile

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The hostess bars often ranked the girls based on the sales they brought to the house. Regular customers asked to be served by their favorite girls. The girls earned revenue […]

Sister – queen

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Companies that used to hire college graduates of any qualities became selective in their recruitment. First, they hired male graduates from top schools. Then they picked male graduates of mid-level […]

Juliana’s Tokyo

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The strong economy from the mid-’80s to the collapse of Nikkei in 1991 brought the transformation of young women in Japan. There was a social phenomenon that young women were […]

Sister – the job market

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When my sister finished school, it was the mid-’90s. The Japanese economy had been declining. Companies went through lay-offs at an unprecedented level in the post-war economic growth period. Lifetime […]

Sister – resentment

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By the time I came back from Tokyo, I had concluded my sister didn’t have a great taste in men. But I also thought no men were that great, and […]