"The View from the North Exit of Tachikawa Station, 1999" by Matayoshi Naoki
"Tachikawa Station, Tokyo. It was the winter of 1999, and I arrived at the lonely station late at night. I was there to meet a friend who had moved to Tokyo from Osaka."
The author, who went to high school in Osaka Prefecture, had an unforgettably weird friendship with this friend. He recalls their sometimes funny, sometimes poignant youth in Osaka. The author decides to travel from Osaka to Tokyo to meet him. This essay comes from a collection of memories about various places in Tokyo.