Mother – indifference

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Recently I asked my mother if she had known I had an eating disorder as a child. I told her that she might have thought I was faking, but I […]

Mother – parenting method

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My mother was not overly strict with us, but she rarely praised us or encouraged us, either. She never prodded us to do homework, to achieve higher academically, or to […]

Mother – in the mirror

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I often saw my mother sitting in front of the dresser, smoking a cigarette. She’d be facing the mirror without looking into her reflection. She inhaled with a small pop […]

Mother – work-life balance

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My mother returned to work at the kindergarten after each birth. She was popular among the children, and my sister and I grew up to meet people who were in […]

Mother – babies

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My sister was a honeymoon baby, my mother said. She was born in 1973 as one of the second baby boomers. My father wished for a son to inherit the […]

Mother – daughter-in-law

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My father was the fifth born child of six and the elder of the two boys, so the tradition of primogeniture determined he remained to live with his parents. My […]

Mother – proposal

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There was one man who pursued her. He was a part of the group of friends she hung out in Tokyo. With them, she went to Utagoe Kissa and had […]

Mother – pre-marriage

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My mother was born in 1947, among other baby boomers of post-war Japan. Her father, my grandfather, ran a rice shop after returning from the war. He was a taciturn […]

Adult and woman

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When I had my first period at age twelve, I was unable to tell my mother for a month, while I shared the news with friends. It unfolded in the […]

Tsuyoshi the Cruel

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There was a boy called Tsuyoshi. He had a cruel nature, and his hyper activeness was often harmful to others. It happened sometime after the womanhood education in the recreation […]