Failed date

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In the international circle I joined, I met a boy I was attracted to. We flirted, and he even walked me home one evening. At one drinking social, he asked […]

First opportunity

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Soon after I moved to Tokyo, my sister invited me out for a drink. She was going to meet up with a guy she knew from the same church at […]

The first assault story

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As I was starting to expand the social circle, I received a phone call from a friend from high school, Kana. She also lived in Tokyo and went to a […]

Creation of new self

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University life involved a lot of drinking alcohol. Welcome parties were held at the izakaya, where students drank cheap beer that came in 1-liter pitchers or bottles. There was an […]

Barely tolerant

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My relationship with alcohol could be described as “barely tolerant.” Half a glass of beer and my face was reddened. Later, I learned that the English had terms like “Asian […]

International circle

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The circles started to withdraw their tables by the 3rd week of April, and other new students were already settling into tennis circles of their choice. I almost gave up […]

A film circle

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A guy in my math class had joined a film circle, and he agreed to take me to them. We descended narrow concrete staircases into the dimly-lit basement of the […]

Circles – part 1

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The other essential thing for new students to do was to join a “circle” or two. Circles were groups in which students engaged in sports/cultural/social events and activities. Waseda had […]

Classes

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There were two things that new students had to do the first thing in university.  Enroll in classes Join a “circle” or two Enroll in classes There were required subjects […]

Day 1

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There was the enrollment ceremony at the beginning of April. None of my family members came, so I went alone. I couldn’t get the seat because more students and their […]