For the past few days, I have been talking to my parents and my aunt. They said how beautiful Japan’s cherry blossoms are this year. I am badly missing my family, partly because we are on an Easter break so most of the students are back home, and partly because of the stagnant situation of my research.

The cherry trees are in bloom here as well. Unlike Japan, local people do not take photos of them, and there is no hanami party of course! There are very few cherry trees in this town, but the pink blossoms at the site of the castle are so pretty.

My motivation for work is emotionally fluctuating. What on earth brought me here to do a PhD? There are some things which I don’t want to face.


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