College Friends’ Gathering in Tokyo


It’s been more than 20 years since we first became friends when we entered university, and we are a group of 5 girls and have been good friends ever since.
On November 3rd, Culture Day (Japanese National Holiday), we were able to get together for the first time in a couple of years.

Procedural Memory

JR Mejiro Station, Yamanote-line

The meeting place on this day was at the Tsukayuka’s residence in Mejiro, Tokyo, the only one of the five members born and raised in Tokyo.
The five-family house, which they have planned over a long period of time, is about to be completed, so we were invited to the unveiling.
As expected, the house of an architect couple was very particular about every detail and would be a picture-perfect example of a house.

The Tsukayuka family has been indebted to us since we were college students.
We all asked for the address just in case because it’s been a long time, but we were able to get there without ever looking at the map after leaving Mejiro station.

It is said that “procedural memory” is a state in which the body remembers things even when it is not consciously aware of them, and it seems that everyone was in this state.

New Members

In the last 10 years or so, everyone’s family has grown, and our meeting has come to gather with 5 people plus alpha each time we get together.
Two new members joined us on this day!

Yuki’s six-month-old baby, Maki, and Sekiyuka’s husband, Koji.

We also ordered a beautiful cake and had a surprise wedding celebration for Sekiyuka & Koji🎊


The five of us, born and raised in completely different areas of Japan – Tsukayuka in Tokyo, Sekiyuka in Kamakura, Yuki in Nagano, Wakako in Fukuoka, and myself in Onjuku, Chiba – met at university and have remained close friends over 20 years later.

We all moved to Tokyo for entering college, and in our twenties we all lived, worked, and played in Tokyo, experiencing many things and getting together to chat. I am deeply moved when I think of how many things we have shared together to get to where we are today.

For a long time, we lived in Tokyo, but when we got married, we scattered to different places inside and outside of Tokyo.
Even so, it comes to gathering everyone, I think it would be convenient to have “Tokyo”, where we all know in common.

I have no idea what will happen to the lives of the five of us and our relationship with Tokyo in the future, but I have a feeling that when we become grandmothers, we will all gather in Tokyo and have a chat.