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 British friend, Kelly, to come with me because she previously told me that she had never experienced it in Japan. She immediately […]

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Week 56: Lowest temperature in 48 years

  On Monday, we had the heaviest snow in Tokyo since 2014 and experienced serious traffic disruptions. I was visiting a research participant to explain my research. The meeting went well, I was able to receive a consent form from him, and we arranged for three-day data collection in February. After the meeting, the snow […]

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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, […]

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Week 54: Back to normal

I have 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 […]

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Week 53: Influenza

I have had the flu since 2nd January, with a high fever of 39.7˚C, a chill, and body aches that continued for five days. I went to a large hospital on the 6th and was tested for influenza and pneumonia. Luckily, the high fever was not a symptom of pneumonia, but influenza only. My doctor […]

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