Week 63: Getting warmer


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Eating lunch alone


It has been 21ºC this week in Japan, and I pulled out a trench coat for the evenings. The cherry blossom season is already beginning. Today I booked a restaurant for a Hanami night with my dad! It is our favourite event in Japan to have drinks at an old restaurant within Ueno Park where thousands of cherry blossom trees are at their peak in late March.

Research-wise, this week, I made observations of seven consultations and took four audio recordings. During the consultations, the doctor had an urgent call about a patient. Because we were travelling together in the same car, I had to visit the patient with the doctor. When we arrived at the patient’s place and the doctor treated the patient and administered some medication, I realised how helpless I am in a clinical situation and wished I could help with the treatment or do something (but I couldn’t). I have been interested in health-related work, and my interest is getting stronger.

Luca and I had an argument about something small earlier this month, and we had an awkward period for about 10 days. I feel that we are now back to normal and talking to each other as much as possible. He is also planning to visit me next month. Initially, I thought that a four-month-long long distance love can be a little difficult and shouldn’t be that long. But actually, it has been really tough, we sometimes had a miscommunication. I don’t think I can do this again! Physical touch is so important.

My achievements in Week 63:
– Made seven observations and collected four recordings.

Goals for Week 64:
– Continue my observations, recordings and literature review.
– Prepare some illustrations and materials for the focus groups.


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Items for my fieldwork


Week 62: Spring Socials

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I returned to Tokyo on Tuesday and have continued my fieldwork. This week, I had some socials with friends for five continuous days. All four people I met up with this week were British; my colleagues from the university and also my students are visiting Tokyo for their holidays. We strolled from town to town, had some food and drinks, and watched a Kabuki performance! I really enjoyed the time with them and will see them again during the next few weeks.

My schedule in March is nearly full with observation work and helping to organise seminars at university. I am a bit worried about whether I have enough time to prepare for the focus groups taking place in two weeks.

My achievements in Week 62:
– Made nine observations and collected two audio recordings.
– Participated in a seminar in which I had an opportunity to listen to a patient’s illness story. I was very impressed with her story and the power of a patient’s narrative.
– Got some translation work done, which is a part of my assistant job for other research.

Goals for Week 63:
– Continue my observations, recordings and literature review.
– Start recruiting further participants for the focus groups.
– Have a proper rest at the weekend.

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Week 61: Holiday

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I flew to Kagoshima to spend a week with my mum. It was really nice to see her and have some time to relax together. We did some shopping, visited the popular shrine Kirishima Jingu, found a nice coffee shop in the city centre (went there every day during the stay) and had a lovely dinner at her favourite French restaurant. Time sped by so quickly!

During the holiday (it wasn’t actually time off until 28th February), I also worked on editing a piece of my work to submit. The work was originally my MA dissertation, but I rewrote it as a journal article. Each section had to be shortened considerably, and I found it really difficult!

This week, I started some assistant work for another research project. Things are getting busier and busier… My aims are to successfully complete my fieldwork and go back to England on 1st May.

My achievements in Week 61:
– Finally submitted my work to an online journal.
– Enjoyed a week’s holiday with my mum.

Goals for Week 62:
– Continue my observations, recordings and literature review.
– Have some social time with my British friends who are coming to Japan for holidays.

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