Week 33 was full of socialising with friends of mine, Asuka, Nanami, Keiko and Fuyuhiko. Luca also came to Japan for the first time in nine months for a holiday. Overall, I spent this whole week talking with my friends and going sightseeing around Tokyo and Nagoya with Luca. For my research, I only completed translating all information forms and did no reading this week.
Whenever I met up with my close friends to have a chat, I feel the best part of a friendship! Since I started living overseas, all of my friends have been more special to me than ever before because we know that we do not live in the same country and we can only see each other once a year. It was great to see them and catch up!
On Tuesday, I picked up Luca at Narita airport. We enjoyed exploring Shinagawa (for Sukiyaki dinner), Shibuya (to meet up with Fuyuhiko), Nagoya (for one-day Shinkansen trip), Harajuku, Ginza (for dinner with my dad) and Tokyo Station (for shopping and Karaoke) over five days! My dad and I took him to a traditional style sushi restaurant, where sushi chefs directly take orders from customers and prepare sushi in front of them. He seemed very satisfied with any kind of sushi and also with most of the Japanese food that he had in Japan (but he really did not like Yakitori). We fully enjoyed our holidays, but at night, I worked on making information sheets for my fieldwork, and he worked on updating his CV to apply for a new position.
On Sunday, he flew back to England, and I flew to Kagoshima to start my second fieldwork for the next five days.
My achievements in Week 33:
- Completed the translations of all information sheets and consent forms
Goals for Week 34:
- Visit some locations for my field research
- Complete descriptions of my thesis structure
- Finish writing Chapter 3