Week 60: Old textbooks

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The scholar who I met in Week 58 sent me a box of old textbooks that he actually used at medical school 20 years ago. When we met two weeks ago, he mentioned that he has many old books that he doesn’t use anymore, and he offered to lend them to me. I immediately answered ‘yes’!

When opening the box, I was very excited. There were 13 books (and one VHS cassette) in it, and, taking each one in turn, I wrote down the titles, authors, publishers and year published. Some of the books are 38 years old and out of print now. They are so valuable. If he had not offered, I would never have been able to access these sources. Furthermore, I noticed there is an author’s signature on the front page in some books, and there are little notes written by the scholar on the last page in each book. I can tell that he has kept his books very neat and clean. It was really nice to feel that I could recognise his ‘personality’ from these handwritten notes and signatures.

It is Fieldwork Week 8 this week. I have had a kick-off meeting with each research participant and finished scheduling my observations and recordings. I will start planning focus group discussions soon. Things are moving forward!

Speaking of my social life, I see my friend once a week for a change of pace; I met up with Asuka on Sunday and had a chat over High Tea. Next week, I will take a whole week off and spend some time with my mother.

My achievements in Week 60:
– Made seven observations and four audio recordings, and conducted an interview.
– Visited six participants to arrange details for further observations and recordings.
– A scholar asked me to help his research, and I was really happy to be asked!

Goals for Week 61:
– Submit my revised paper by 28th.
– Spend a week with my mother and enjoy my time off!


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Relaxing time with Asuka



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Aman Tokyo Lobby



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The Library at Aman Tokyo