Autumn term had only just begun and Akiko was on her way to Nishinokyō Junior High School on Kiyamachi Dori in Kyoto near the Kawagamo river. She was only just getting used to the journey and taking in all the new sights that greeted her eyes. Some of the other children were wearing school uniform whilst others, like herself, were dressed more casually, Akiko loved the sailor suits that some of the girls wore and knew that sooner or later her mother would have to take her to get one just like it to be like the other girls at school as it was a regulation that both girls and boys wear seifuku.
Ever since her parents had decided to move to Japan she had felt a little confused because although her new father spoke Japanese her mother didn’t so it was not spoken at home. As a consequence attending a new school in a new country was not going to be easy for Akiko but she was trying hard and could speak and understand a little already. Unfortunately she was goi