Acute Claustrophobia and a Never Ending Series of Dinner Parties: Sunday 23rd October

How strange it is to once again wake up in a room that you could fit inside a shoebox. Whilst I never took for granted the largess of my room in the Sasaki household, I certainly didn’t think that I’d be in danger of suffering from acute claustrophobia upon my return to Tokyo. I also have to keep reminding myself that I am now in a house where the main doorway between the kitchen and living quarters is too small for me, although seeing as I didn’t adjust in the full year that I was living here prior to my homestay, I fear that my cranium is in for something of a turbulent time.

Crestfallen meal-for-one anyone?

Tonight I cooked for myself for the first time in well over a month, and I was reminded of what a tedious and depressing scenario this can be. I almost always cook far too much for two, let alone one, and having only my inner monologue for company is enough to drive anyone insane; even the additional effort that I took of trying to present my food in a ‘jazzy’ fashion felt wasted. I fear that the only solution is to host a never-ending series of dinner parties, well either that or go down to the park and share my food with the whinos.


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Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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2 Responses to Acute Claustrophobia and a Never Ending Series of Dinner Parties: Sunday 23rd October

  1. Mike says:

    Actually, a friend of mine in Hokkaido spends most nights cooking for someone else or having someone come over to be cooked for… can be done!

    I think the pudding-bowl shape of your meal looks a little sad in itself. I recommend a birthday candle!

    There’s also probably the issue of having just left a household full of people to find yourself on your own again in a tiny space. Tokyo can be isolating like that. You also haven’t gone back to work/study/theatre yet, so you’re more isolated than usual.

    Just played ultimate frisbee with Linden & Ben in Yoyogi Park on Sunday–you should definitely come next time! It feels unfair being by far the tallest person on the pitch…

    • truehamlet says:


      I’ll be fine, the only thing I’m suffering from is an acute case of the Drama Queens!

      Frisbee, defo keen for that next time.

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