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2018 Archives – Tomo Orihara

If I were to be asked to make a list of words I would use to describe Japan, it might come off as something a little short of shocking to see the word “traditional” in there. Japan is one of the greatest contributors of modern-day...

Article featured in Taiken.co. The Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2018 Festival began on April 28 and came to a close on May 6 with the much-anticipated parade after 9 whole days of consecutive events around Tokyo and its neighboring wards. Members of the LGBTQ+ community and...

“Recluse” is the word that’s been in my mind a lot lately. It doesn’t come as a surprise (which is ironically surprising in itself) because, if I’m going to be very honest with myself, it’s how I’d describe who I’ve become as of late. But,...

Would you like to hear something crazy? Days have already passed since my birthday, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around being 24 years old. It’s not that I feel any different from before the day of—because I don’t. My preferences are still...

Back in December, I called two of my friends for an emergency meeting of sorts. I was thinking a lot about dreams and the pursuit of, which might have been brought upon by the impending turn-over of the year, and I was feeling dissatisfied with...

I was out with a friend a couple of days ago to catch the tail end of the cherry blossom viewing—or hanami—season in Tokyo. It’s almost been a week already since the first bloom, and it would’ve been a shame had we not gone out...

Today is the 7th of February 2018. In one month, I would be graduating from Toyo Academy Japanese School. Finally....

今日は二〇一八年の二月七日です。1ヶ月後に東洋アカデミー日本語学院を卒業します。やっとです。...

NEWS FLASH: I’ve just graduated from Nihongo school! *woot-woot* It went how usual graduations go: a ceremony, handing out of certificates, picture-taking, and—oh—the life I’ve known coming to a full stop. There couldn’t be a graver punctuation than graduation, not even a bold-faced period set...

Given the knowledge of my own tendencies, especially with how strenuous my relationship is with time, the first good half of February was spent dealing with the same issues. Well, issue, really—singular. Procrastination, my good ol’ companion, what would I do without you?...