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Aiha Higurashi pauses, her brow furrows slightly, and she purses her lips. Her eyes have the sharp, scrutinizing focus of someone who doesn’t want to miss a single cue or nuance of meaning in her surroundings. There’s a wariness about her, and even in the simple matter of scratching her chin, it’s her middle finger she extends to perform the task.

“Half of me is still a 17-year-old girl and half of me is 43 or whatever,” Higurashi says. “But I’m still a little girl, struggling all the time, with music, with other people, with society. And I love that part, but it’s a mess.”

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