adolescent memories

Peaches

When I was in the second year of high school, I went on a three-day summer trip with the Earth Science Club. The place we stayed was located in the countryside of a city two hours train ride away from my hometown. The owner of the hut came to pick us up at the train …

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Memory of a Lonely Election

The Spring I entered junior high school, a teacher approached me and said that I should become a member of the students’ committee which was responsible for the hosting of major school events and representing students’ voice in the school community. In Japan, public junior high schools tend to have the least democratic and most …

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A bottle of friendship

I spent my late teens experiencing quite a severe case of social anxiety. When I was in high school, it reached a point where I didn’t know how to speak or move around in the classroom. As soon as I got to school, my body would shut down and I stopped functioning. So, I used …

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One person’s encouragement

When I was nineteen, I spent a year attending a special school in Tokyo dedicated to university entrance exam preparation. In Japan, university entrance exam is a big thing, and parents all across the country tend to spend a fortune trying to send their children to a good university because it is believed in the …

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Bucatini all’Amatriciana

During my second year in high school, I used to take an evening math class at a local cram school once a week. Every Tuesday, after school, I would hop onto a bus to the railway station. The cram school was located at the other side of the station, and I used to walk through …

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A spider on the shoulder

The high school where I spent between the age of 16 and 18 was a girls-only school, and it was locally famous for its unique school festivals. The biggest and most important among all was the annual song and dance contest held in autumn. The contest took place in October, but the preparation would start …

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What does it mean to trust?

When I was in high school, I suffered quite a strong case of social anxiety. I struggled to communicate with others at school, and consequently, I spent most of the day sitting quietly at my desk. During classes, when a wave of depression struck me, I would scribble my feelings and thoughts in the margin …

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The last time I saw her

It was Friday during a breaktime at school. I was in Grade 8. I was washing my hands at a deserted sink in the corridor when a friend of mine came down the corridor with her very close friend and stopped by to greet me. Although I had never hung out with her much, I …

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Earth Science Club

When I was in high school, I was a member of the Earth Science Club. The reason I joined the club was not because I was into earth science but because my two childhood close friends said they wanted to join. Well, it turned out to be a portal to a whole new world. This …

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