Week 34: Preliminary fieldwork Part 2

After my fieldwork in Tokyo, I flew to Kagoshima, my mum’s hometown, to conduct my second observation. I had contacted three nursing homes through my family connections. The staff (managers, nurses and caregivers) showed positive interests in my research and in possibly participating in the research. They agreed to my presence during activities in the […]

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Week 33: Luca’s second time in Tokyo

Week 33 was full of socialising with friends of mine! Luca came to Japan for the first time in nine months for a holiday. Overall, I spent this whole week meeting up with my friends and going sightseeing around Tokyo with Luca. For my research, I only completed translating all information forms this week. Whenever […]

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Week 32: Preliminary fieldwork Part 1

It’s been very humid and hot in Tokyo! I started conducting my preliminary fieldwork in Tokyo. I was allowed to make observations in seven medical consultations and take notes. In each, a doctor, a nurse, a patient and the patient’s family were there. The doctor introduced me to the patients, and we greeted each other; […]

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Week 31

I have been translating information sheets and consent forms for my field research into Japanese, which is a tough job! On Thursday I flew from England to Japan to conduct my three-week preliminary field research. I will be making observations in Tokyo for the next two weeks, with further observations in a rural region in […]

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