Before the child ever gets to school it will have received crucial, almost irrevocable sex education and this will have been taught by the parents, who are not aware of what they are doing.- Dr Mary S Calderone by Jennifer Liddy Two girls spread out on the sidewalk in front of the 7-Eleven 24-hour convenience store.They listen to them, help with their younger siblings.They show no outward signs of troublemaking in school.They clutch their Peace brand cigarettes, letting the smoke pour out their mouths, suggesting to anyone who takes a second look that they're just normal, average Japanese teenagers. She has hungry, greedy eyes that never blink but gulp it all in. Observe how she unfastens her wallet and how her fingertips pass over the bills. Together, they disappear into the white Honda that, during the day drives toddlers to daycare. Since both girls have working parents, who are overloaded with jobs and caring for their own ageing parents, nobody checks out the story. Now, let's turn to Monday morning and peek at the girls. Do you think that Yumi and Mariko will be sneaky-chain-smoking never-on-time glue-sniffing students? This time, look beyond the midnight neon light, beyond the expensive name brands clothes, beyond that reckless jump into an unknown car.Much later, they flow back home a little wasted on Asahi Super Dry beer, in need of a shower but 8,000 yen richer. Sure, there is suspicion, but no one wants to confront it. Do you think these girls will be the scamps of the village? You will see something incredibly normal, maybe even boring.
On their feet are track shoes with an orange stripe, representing that they are in their last year of high school.
No one wants to admit that it gives the girls freedom and lets them get away from the familiar sights of their village. "Once," I lie, not wanting to get her off the subject.
No one dares utter that the girls can investigate their sexual passions. The next question I want to ask will make or break my relationship with the girls.
They are sort of like the big boom version of the sex lines that were so hugely popular in States during the 1980s. " Mariko giggles and shakes her hips like she's doing a defunct version of the mambo. This body's had a baby, girl," I say and wiggle my hips back at them. Then, like all scandals, the frenzy around this one died down, and enjokosai faded again into the background.
The difference is that in the States, women ran the lines and the interaction stayed there. With less coverage and no real changes, the ignorance grew and the abuse continued.
They look comic with smudges of Channel purple metallic lipstick on their front teeth. See how she clings to her cell phone for dear life. The driver parks by the curb and flips on his hazards.