On March 23rd, my university called saying that I needed to come in and stamp some documents — an antiquated practice that remains in Japan. That morning I rode the train to campus for what would be the last time for a long while.
The next week, the school promptly sent out an email stating that a student had tested positive after attending an informal graduation gathering on campus. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that classes would be held online from April, the start of the new school year.
Cue the beginning of a self-isolation period that would last nearly three months, more than 10,000km away from home. …