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 […]

Sister – fever

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My sister’s school was also in spring break when I visited her, but because of her late-night job, she wasn’t available during the day to accompany me to shopping. Shibuya […]

Sister – distance

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I was shocked to hear how much my sister earned at the hostess bar. Her hourly rate was about 3,000 yen per hour, while her former job of washing dishes […]

Sister – change

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I went to visit her in Tokyo during my spring break. I was looking forward to going to Shibuya and Harajuku with her and buy cute clothes and stationaries. I […]

Sister – hurt

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In autumn, my sister came home suddenly. My mother picked her up at the station while I was swimming in the pool of a public gym. They sat in the […]

Sister – a man

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In the first summer, after my sister moved to Tokyo, she came back to visit home for the Bon festival week. She had lost some weight, and her well-shaped, bare […]

Sister – new life

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My sister rented a 4 1/2 tatami mat-size (about 9 x 9 square feet) apartment with a small kitchen and a communal toilet. There was no shower room, so she […]

Sister – betrayal

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To my eyes, my sister was a kind and righteous superhero. When we were little and were playing outside, I fell and cried. After consoling me, she offered me to […]