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The first snow

In October 2018, I caught a really bad cold. With the outside temperature quickly dropping and my student life at university getting busier as the Fall semester reached its turning point, I didn’t take a good care of myself. One morning, I woke up with sore throat, high fever and no voice. As I got …

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A Daddy’s Negotiation

When I was in high school, I used to attend a cram school taking extra lessons in science subjects to enhance my overall study progress. A few evenings a week, after my regular school classes, I travelled to my cram school near the train station and attended the lectures. The teachers I had at the …

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Memory of a Midnight Bookshop

During my final year at college in Tokyo, I worked part-time at a small local bookshop. The bookshop was located right next to my university campus, and since I used to live nearby, the job was a perfect fit for me. I said “local bookshop,” but that’s not quite right. Even though it was located …

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A boy at a bakery

It was when I was a college student in Tokyo. One day, I had an appointment to meet my friend at a train station. My friend did not live in Tokyo, and she needed to change trains a few times to come to our meeting place. When I got to the station, I received a …

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The person at a fast food restaurant

When I was nineteen, I was living in Tokyo preparing for the university entrance exam. University entrance exams are a big thing in Japan, and especially in Tokyo, there are countless schools dedicated to help students with their exam studies. Students take lessons from morning until evening, and the school encourages them to study more …

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Free prizes

As long as I’ve known her, my paternal grandmother is a keen collector or free prizes. According to my father, she has had this love ever since he has known her. When there was an announcement of a free give away on the back of some product, she always took the time to fill out …

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The story of a ramen shop

When I was small, my family would visit my maternal grandmother’s house for a few days after Christmas to help with the house cleaning. In the evening, I had a lot of time to spare with myself, and often sat in the dining room watching TV. This is a story that I once heard on …

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Girl who felt like a mother

When I was still a little girl in Grade 1, there was a particular corner of the playground that I used to like spending the long breaktimes. It was a small area next to the outdoor pool, and there was a sequence of several old tires half buried in the ground which children could jump …

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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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Ghost

When I was small, I was afraid of darkness. I was afraid of being alone in the dark and discovered by ghosts. Especially since my family moved to a larger house in the suburb, there was more darkness to deal with after the sunset. My room was located upstairs, and whenever I needed to go …

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