Announcing Issue 6 of Angles: A journal of New Writing

The Department of English Studies is excited to announce the sixth issue of Angles, a student journal of new writing, published in March of 2021.

Over the course of six issues, the editorial team at Angles has published more than 130 pieces of student writing. During that time, a dedicated group of student editors worked to gather material, consult with writers, and design and layout the journal for printing.

A part of our sixth issue centers on the life and the experience of our writers during the pandemic. It is one of our most personal issues to date and contains more than twenty pieces of writing that span a variety of writing genres, including personal essays, senior thesis excerpts, as well as fiction and poetry.

Angles endeavors to be a place where ideas can be explored openly, an outlet equal in spirit to the diverse range of interests and perspectives present among the students of the Department of English Studies. Its defining mission is to offer students an opportunity to experience the publishing process and showcase their work.

To read our work we can be found online at

and on Instagram @angles_sophia

Copies are available on the 9th floor of building 2, in the campus Kinokuniya bookstore, from Angles editors and Department of English Studies faculty.

If you are interested in writing for the journal or working as an editor, please contact us at  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Cover Photo by Leia Gorman

The Angles Editorial Team (Fifth Issue):

Senior Editors:

Leia Gorman, Minjia Hu (Binka Ko), Azumi Kondo, Miteki Takeyama, and Haruna Yokoi

Assistant Editors:

Ayaka Noda, Aoi Okamoto, Shihoko Sagara, Mao Watanabe, Ken Yoneno, Madoka Yoshida

Faculty editor:

Marc Kaufman




Rina Obata, The Need for Online Public School Education in Japan……12

Ayaka Noda, My Ring: Sanae……18

Rino Akae, Imagine What Power Words Have……40

Ellessa Yamada, More Haste, Less Speed……75

Kaho Yoshizawa, A Note to Myself……86



Haruna Yokoi, Rainbow Cupcakes……8

Ana Carolina Meira de Souza, Poem, Fiction…….17, 58

Miteki Takeyama, The Hungry Ocean……22

Yulia Tachikawa, Dead Branches……38

Camille d’Adoville, The Lime Monster……52

Leia Gorman, Favorites……62

Mao Watanabe, Tough Girl……78

Sena Hanaishi, Lost Dragon…….82

Nodoka Kunikata, The Heart of a Good Girl…….97



Renka Taguchi, Collectivism in Japan: How it is Impeding Japan’s Growth and Future……43

Ken Yoneno, Language Cultivation and Maintaining Standard French: Contemporary L1 French Speakers’ Assessment of the Académie Française……64

Natsuki Yamada, A Quota System in Japanese Politics……89



Nanami Onishi, #StayHome……4

Chisato Kamoi, Connected……54

Ami Ichishima, Be You……79

Yoko Takahashi, My Pandemic Journey……102