Week 25-26


I am writing this with an enormous sense of relief! For the past two weeks, since I came back from Tokyo, I had been concentrating on editing my chapter, although it was a struggle and I had to ask my supervisors for a two-day extension. I finally submitted my work last night at 10 pm, even though I do not normally send any emails to my supervisors in the evenings. Soon after I sent it, I collapsed on the floor as if all of my physical and mental strength had gone!

The revision I made this time was really tough, because I needed to identify an essential theory from a broad range of concepts to support my arguments. It only means narrowing the focus of my paper, but it took a considerable amount of time and effort to read, write and link to my points.

But, my effort towards this revision paid off! My supervisors’ reactions were very positive, and the supervision meeting this morning went very well. Now I can feel more confident about my research protocol and the literature review chapter, because the core theory for my studies is accurately identified.

I really have to thank Luca, who is always patient with my irregular lifestyle and my continuous work on weekends. Last Friday, he was unwell and took a sick day. We ordered two bento boxes from a Japanese restaurant for lunch. What I really want to do now is have a meal with him and spend the weekend without doing any work.

I only want to spend this weekend relaxing, cleaning the house and ironing our shirts.


Week 24


My week 24 can be described by two words, ‘returning home’.

On Monday night, when I went to bed, I suddenly remembered my old friends in Japan. I immediately sent messages to nine people with whom I used to be close when I was in Japan but have not talked to for a while. It was around 8 a.m. in Japan at that time, and they were awake. For the following two hours, I got prompt replies from all of them and we sent messages to each other. I felt happy to talk to them again and realised that I had not properly had time to speak to my friends in Japan. I might have had some feelings that while they and I are close to each other, my real life is now based in the UK. Most elements of my life are dominated by the social norms here, the media here and the same routine work of reading, writing and editing every day.

I really enjoyed messaging with nine of my friends for the first time in 10 months or a year.

On Thursday morning, I flew to Japan and arrived at Narita on Friday morning. My colleague picked me up at the airport, and we headed to the office. This trip was for doing some work and shopping for food, snacks and books to take back to the UK. It was really nice to try a new ochazuke restaurant and have some junk food and a sushi dinner with my colleague. I stayed for two nights and left Narita on Sunday morning. My body clock was still on UK time.

On the inbound flight, I slept for the whole of the 10 hour-flight without having any meals, but I had some water before landing. Maybe I was too tired!




Summer Week 5-6

Classes have been going well! The students (who have survived) are very keen to study grammatical points, as well as conversational phrases.

I have been feeling less stressed about teaching the Beginners course because this is the second round of teaching the same contents for me, and also the students are nice, honest and frank, which has facilitated our interactions!