Final exam

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The semester was coming to an end. History of Japanese Arts was another fantastic class. High school history lessons touched statues, scrolls, and the architecture of different eras, but they […]

Stories of war – part 2

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Mark and I were discussing the Columbine shooting, and the conversation somehow expanded to the wars. I do not remember the context, but I said the US shouldn’t have dropped […]

Stories of war – part 1

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Since childhood, Japanese people born post-war period grow up listening to stories of WWII. At school, we learned Japan perpetrated atrocity to expand the power to other Asian territories. In […]

April 20th, 1999

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In the second semester, I took a job at a language lab. A few times a week, I spent a couple of hours at the lab while students came in […]

Mark’s entitlement

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Mark told me he and Kathryn got together soon after they first met in the freshman year and had an “intense” relationship for the next two years. I could kind […]

the ex

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There was, of course, the presence of an “ex.” Her name was Kathryn Kawano. She was half Japanese. Quite reactionary, I gave Mark a judgy look for his propensity to […]

The foreignness of the language of love

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Intimacy wasn’t limited to physical. I got to know Mark more personally, and it was quite a challenge to feel close to someone whose life story was so different from […]

Road trip 1999 – part 2

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We found out the following day that Grand Canyon was closed for winter for just one more week. Mark was disappointed, and I was devastated to miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. […]

Road trip 2016

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Seventeen years later, in 2016, D and I stopped at the north of Grand Canyon during our road trip to Santa Fe. We had spent the morning in Death Valley, […]

Road trip 1999

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Spring break was approaching. Just like the winter break, I had planned nothing. Mark asked me if I was interested in going on a road trip to Grand Canyon. I […]