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 […]

Miki’s dream

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I had expected all the girls in the school wanted to go to university, as it was one of the top schools in the district. But Miki was different. She […]

Miki the roses

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In the second year, I met two girls who took an interest in me. They were in the same class as Izumi the previous year, so maybe they thought I […]

Categories of girls

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In the first year, I didn’t have particularly close friends. I liked that everyone was well-behaved and smart, but I wasn’t sure of myself. I could have relaxed and returned […]

Study of history

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The history study was the worst. It was like we were given a terribly written book and told to memorize the whole thing. History teacher would come into the classroom, […]

Shiho the star

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I did better in English than the rest of the subjects, but so did many other girls. A lot of them had aspirations to learn about the world and had […]

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 […]