|Toyoko Academy High School (3)|
Kashiwara: Once you get to high school, you have freedom in class excursions. To some degree, they start treating you like grown-ups.
Kasagi: Yeah. They know we stay up all night, but they don't care as long as we keep it under control.
Kashiwara: They let us plan and execute the trips ourselves. I went straight through mine without sleeping once at night.
Q. What other trips do you go on?
Kashiwara: I went to a ski instruction center. What about everyone else?
All: Yeah, we went too.
Kashiwara: I was emcee for our free time in the evenings.
"Playing at the Arcade with the Teachers"
Q. Are excursions at girls' schools fun?
Kashiwara: Oh, they're the greatest. I played games at the Arcade with the teachers.
Kasagi: And they paid.
Kashiwara: Right. I wanted a My Melody Keyring, so I asked the teacher to keep playing until it came up, and that's just what happened.
Kashiwara: The way the teacher said "Here" was cool, as well as walking away saying "Don't sweat it.". We talked all night long at the ski instruction center, though.
Anno: What did you talk about?
Kashiwara: Our futures, what we're thinking about, that sort of thing.
Q. Do you ever talk about boys?
Kashiwara: Uh-uh. Not in the least.
Anno: Do you get in your futons and talk?
Kasagi: We're in our futons, but with the covers off.
Kashiwara: We put our pillows together with our heads near one another, and snacks piled in the middle.
Q. Is the ski instruction center voluntary?
Anno: Where did you go?
Kashiwara: Shiga Plateau.
Anno: Ah, now that's a nice place. Three days and two nights, or something like that?
Kashiwara: Five days and four nights.
Anno: Four nights?
Kashiwara: We came back home in the morning.
Kasagi: It didn't feel like it was over just like that, though. And I was sore all over the first day.
"Less Skiing Than Talking"
Kashiwara: I had more fun when we sat around talking than I did skiing.
Kasagi: That was fun. We played games like a bunch of old ladies.
Kashiwara: We even piped laughter through the microphone.
Anno: I went to a co-ed high school, so this is like a foreign language to me.
Kashiwara: Me, I have no interest in co-ed schools. Don't you all think that girls' high schools are where it's at?
"The Game Was a Howl"
Kasagi: We were all relaxed. If it had been a co-ed situation, we'd probably have been trying to be cute about it. But this way, we played for real.
Kashiwara: It was something else, because an otherwise quiet girl won. I was amazed. And when I asked what year and class she was in, she was panting like she was angry.
Q. What kind of a game was it?
Kasagi: It's where you make a circle and walk around a cushion, then grab it. And you can't get within more than a meter of the cushion.
"I Didn't Want to Leave"
Anno: Sounds like Musical Chairs.
Kashiwara: Right. When the music stops, you grab the cushion.
Kasagi: It was too much fun for words.
Kashiwara: Everyone's eyes were bloodshot. We could've cared less about the gift exchange that came later. We were pooped.
Kasagi: It was fun. I didn't want to leave.
(From the Oct. 8, 1998 Edition of Mainichi Intermediate-School News)