Study of Japanese lit

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The problem was that I wasn’t thriving in high school. Math got complicated, and no matter how much I prepared for the test, I only had a mediocre result. Japanese […]

Wase-jo

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The proportion of female students at Waseda was about 30% at the time, higher in the literature department, and lower in the engineering department. Somehow Waseda didn’t appeal to female […]

“What am I?”

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Waseda was one of the top private universities in Japan, rivaled by Keio University. I had known my uncle wanted to study literature at Waseda but was not accepted. I […]

Choosing a direction

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High school was a much better place. There were no boys, and the girls were top students from schools in the district. I felt ordinary among them. The moment we […]

High school – commute

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To get to my high school before the morning meeting started at 8:15 am, I had to get on 6:30 am-train. To get to the nearest station, my mother had […]

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 […]

Hair – part 1

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I write this in July 2020, four months into shelter-in-place due to COVID-19. The hair salon I patronized closed a few days before my long-overdue appointment. My hair length is […]

End of junior high school

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As the junior high school was coming to an end, my health was declining. I had lost 2kg (4.5lb) during the LA trip and didn’t gain it back. I looked […]

The last cultural festival

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The cultural festival that autumn had a different vibe from the past years because Izumi was leading the event organization. The organizers asked the students to throw ideas on the […]

LA trip – part 6

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On the flight home, I sat next to one of the younger girls, and next to her was Kenji. He was one of the two handsome tennis players and was […]