Ever since I came back to England on 1st May, I have been writing my fieldwork report, and its progress is about 75% at the moment.
Listening to the audio data I collected and creating summary tables (actually detailed descriptions) is time-consuming, but I thought it a necessary and crucial process for me. While writing, I think of each patient participant, and I can recall every person’s face, the atmosphere, and their houses I visited. In the research field, I wrote in my diary every single day and had a small notebook and two IC recorders with me during observations. Thanks to all these records, my memories of the participants and events are very clear, and I am organising all of them into one report.
Reading a non-academic book for at least 30 minutes is one of my morning routines. Although my reading is slow, this definitely helps my writing in terms of describing events and developing my initial thoughts about a cultural context.
My four-month stay in Tokyo was very active, from morning to evening, Monday to Sunday, constantly seeing people and talking. I miss it in a way, as I am now sitting at my desk virtually all day long, and starting to notice back pain again! Cooking meals and having pizza on Friday evening is my favourite mini-event of the day for a change, but once I finish the report, I would like to start exercising at a gym.
My achievements in week 74:
– Finished writing a data section of my fieldwork report after two weeks’ writing, which comprises 70% of the report!
Goals for week 75:
– I am sure I will finish writing the full-length report next week and submit it by 8th June.