Tea Ceremony – Chaji

Tea Ceremony – Chaji

My friend, who has performed the Japanese tea ceremony – Urasenke style – for many years, invited me to a formal tea ceremony – Chaji – which he hosted. I also asked my friend, Kelly, to come with me because she previously told me that she had never experienced it in Japan. She immediately answered [...]

Week 56: Lowest temperature in 48 years

We had the heaviest snow in Tokyo since 2014 and experienced serious traffic disruptions. I was visiting a research participant. The meeting went well, and we arranged for three-day observations in February. After the meeting, the snow was getting heavier, and I was stuck at a train station for two hours. On Thursday, Tokyo recorded [...]

Week 55: Another ethics application

Week 55: Another ethics application

Three weeks have passed since I returned to Tokyo to start my fieldwork. I have spent the weeks (and will spend the next few weeks) contacting and recruiting research participants, having face-to-face meetings with them, explaining the study and arranging dates for my observations and recording, and working on literature reviews as well. This week, [...]

Week 54: Ask the local expert

Week 54: Ask the local expert

I've fully recovered from the flu and got back into a normal routine of work: wake up at 6 am and have a chat with Luca (there is a nine-hour time difference between the UK and Japan), have breakfast, then work. I started making hand-written field notes on 9th January, and I keep writing about [...]