Violence in comedy

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My sister, who was a manga connoisseur, often introduced me to her new favorite manga when I lived in London. Among her favorite was a manga called “Nodame Cantabile,” which […]

Tsuyoshi the cruel – 2

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Tsuyoshi the cruel, who once flaunted a girl’s sanitary pad around the classroom, had eagle eyes as to one’s vulnerability. He would then use that to pull attention on himself. […]

Masa the kind

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There was one boy who never hurt me physically or verbally. His name was Masa, and I liked him not so secretly. He always wore his hair shaved, which didn’t […]

Tomo the savage

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Tomo was short and stooped, and his head narrow with large ears and slant eyes. He was academically behind and spoke crudely. He was not strong, so he wouldn’t challenge […]

Shuji the rancorous

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Mr. Hoshi broke us into study groups of four to work on math problems and science projects. Groups had to form with two boys and two girls. In my group, […]

Mr. Hoshi

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Miss Kawano retired after three years of her reign, and Mr. Hoshi took over our class. He preached like hell. At the end of the day, before we were dismissed […]

Barefoot Gen

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My sister told me about the black rain. She said if you got showered by the black rain, first, your hair would fall off, and then you would vomit blood […]

Two faces of the Emperor

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I was nine years old when Emperor Hirohito passed away. The 64th year of Showa had just begun several days before. It was unfathomable to me that Japan went from […]

“Angry Jizo”

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We had an annual movie-watching day at school before the summer break. In my first year, they played a stop-motion animated film called “Okori Jizo (Angry Jizo).” The protagonist was […]

Grandmother

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My grandmother passed away in June 2011, a few months after the Tohoku earthquake. She was 98 years old, but she had stopped living much earlier. When I went home […]