End of softball days

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As much as I hated softball practice, I was getting better at it. I was no strong hitter, but as the third baseman, I missed no bounders and my throw […]

Equality in teachers

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One female teacher told me that teaching was one of a few jobs in which men and women are equal in their salary when I told her I never aspired […]

Light-heartedness

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Izumi and I were in different classes again, but I no longer bothered rekindling our friendship and started to make friends with other girls in the same class. Sayuri had […]

Essay on discrimination – part 2

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I asked the progressive reverend for help when I saw him for an English lesson at the church. The progressive reverend held an annual rock concert with local youth at […]

Essay on discrimination – part 1

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Soon after the third year started in April 1992, we saw the news about a riot in Los Angeles. A video was released of a man named Rodney King, pulled […]

Meeting Jane – the aftermath

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No novels enthralled me as much as Jane Eyre. I was unable to read past a chapter of anything. Many books that we were encouraged to read were written by […]

Meeting Jane – part 2

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Becoming a governess was possibly the only means for her other than marriage to earn her living. She took a job at Thornfield, where she met Rochester. He was no […]

Meeting Jane – part 1

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Age 14 was the year I came to a turning point in my reading life. I had been consuming library books voraciously until I came across Jane Eyre by Charlotte […]

Aloneness

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My friendship with Izumi and Kei was changing. I often visited them in their classroom during recess. Whenever I visited, Izumi was surrounded by other girls, and it felt awkward […]

Madonna’s “Sex”

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In the year I was in the 2nd-grade of junior high school, Madonna released a photography book, “Sex,” which caused quite a sensation in Japan. On TV, I saw a […]