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If my pen wrote true,
oh the stories I could tell
through chattering teeth!

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This house in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, used to belong to the writer Tokutomi Roka. On a January morning, the interior was freezing, and I struggled to imagine writing there. When I say “if my pen wrote true”, I’m impugning the central heating, not his honesty. Photo by the author.

 

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