Exam result

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The exam results were to be sent by mail, but it was customary to put up the bulletin board on campus to announce accepted students. There’d be a group of […]

Entrance exams

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As the new year was approaching, the third-year students started to apply for universities. One exam cost about 30,000 yen ($300), but many students applied to 3 to 10 schools. […]

Free women in the library

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What got me through the confinement of high school was the hope of leaving the first 18 years of my life behind. I studied hard. I was exhausted and would […]

Impressing the impressive

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I lost touch with Izumi after high school, and then she emailed me seven years later when Miki invited both of us to her wedding. We talked on the phone […]

Izumi’s path

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By the third year in high school, my energy was at the record low. I started to be absent from school frequently, and when I went to school, I took […]

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, […]