In 2001 I was 14 at I left my home and went to boarding school in Okinawa. I was the youngest of my year because of when my birthday is and was very naïve.
I loved school ! ! ! It is quite a famous school for girls and the same school as my grandmother went to during the Pacific War. So I was very proud but also very nervous about starting school and leaving home.
We lived 12 girls together in a dorm house and were looked after by a dorm mother who was like a house keeper, and who was responsible for the dorm house and cooking for us, and a dorm captain who was senior girl responsible for discipline of the girls in the dorm house and was the representative of the school authority in the dorm and she had to make sure we did our chores and home work and lived together in the spirit of love and community that was the school ethos.
We all loved them both and we always felt so bad for dorm captain when she had to scold us as we could see how upset she was to have to do it.
The other girls welcomed me and made made me feel loved and each girl was assigned a senpai – an older girl whose job it was be a sort of counselor and look after us. I was super happy, but of course, I missed my home life very much.
After school we had club activities, and I joined the Softball Club and the Light Music Club and the Drama Club so I was very busy ! ! !
We were only allowed out in the evenings if our parents visited, but on Saturday afternoons and evenings we were allowed out in pairs until curfew at nine O’clock.
I have always had problems with my eyes and I can not see things clearly from a distance and also my left eye is not straight. I wear contact lenses mostly now but in those days I wore glasses. Of course I would take them off when I went out and this explained why I would always be holding hands with my best friend Sayaka in photos taken from that time
It was quickly discovered that some how I had a sexy gaze, and the girls from school called this “Sakura Eyes” I was often asked to look at a group of boys and use my “Sakura Eyes” to get them interested in us. Most of the time it worked.
Of course it is a dangerous weapon when you can not really see who you are gazing at, and with my eyes looking in slightly different directions many confusing situation resulted when two boys would think I was looking at them at the same time ! ! !
In my first two years at boarding school we would only go to cafes and eat ice cream or cakes and drink sodas and talk about the mysterious thing that was boys and we wondered what it was like to be in love and what sex would be like and how gross it sounded,.
However, of course as we got older and in our third year, we discovered that we could get into one or two more adult places and the group of girls I was friends with started to go to small snack bar which sold alcohol and food and had an old style duke box and whose owner was not too concerned that we were obviously under age (although we never tired to order alcohol there ) and some local boys would also go there early in the evening who we flirted with.
I was looking at the tracks on the duke box one day and just picked the T-rex track as I had never heard of them before. The track was Get It On.
I had no idea what the lyrics were about but I was instantly hooked on the guitar riffs and Mac Bolan’s voice. I investigated when I got back to school and became a firm fan ! ! !
I have the Greatest Hits Album and listen to it quite often still. Actually Get It On is a track in my Jogging playlist and I find it motivating and just the right rhythm and pace for the flat section of my Jogging route along the Meguru river just before I get back home.
T-Rex – Get It On