Turn of the table

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My sister broke up with Nobu shortly after I returned from the US. One day I entered the living room where they were talking, and she asked me to excuse […]

Nobu’s insecurity

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When my sister’s boyfriend, Nobu, learned that I got a tutoring job after failing the waitress and sweetshop sales jobs, he said to my sister that I couldn’t hold the […]

Tyranny thy name is sister

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I asked my sister one thing I worried about. “He’s not going to live here, is he?” She said, of course, he was. I told her I wouldn’t have agreed […]

Bean bag

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My sister and I went on furniture shopping for the new apartment. My sister’s boyfriend, Nobu, came along. Furniture shopping was done on my sister’s terms. I was picturing a […]

Moving in with sister

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In the second year in Tokyo, I moved in with my sister. My friend, who knew of our rocky relationship, was baffled by my decision. A few months before the […]

Hair – part 2

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During the spring break before high school started, I went to visit my sister in Tokyo. She was already busy with her hostess job, but she booked a haircut appointment […]

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 […]