Yakushima, Japan: Senpirono Falls

In the middle of April, I flew to Yakushima Island in the southern part of Japan, my mum’s hometown, and stayed for two nights. The best part of the trip was mum’s cooking, of course! – and also, one of the most recognised waterfalls in Yakushima, Senpirono Falls.     It is massive, with a […]

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Headshot Photography in Tokyo

I was very lucky and happy to have an opportunity for a headshot photograph to be taken in Tokyo by Yasuyuki Ogawa, a professional portrait photographer, and Ayaka Hamamoto, a make-up artist. They – as freelancers – normally work with professional models for fashion photography in Japan and occasionally do headshot photography for business platforms […]

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Weeks 118 and 119: A linguist’s perspective – A sci-fi film, Arrival

I’ve been staying in Tokyo for my holiday. It was lovely that we had the cherry blossoms at their best in Tokyo last weekend. 🙂 As usual, I have spent time meeting up with friends, dealing with business and spending time with my family – doing less for research compared to when I am in […]

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Week 117: A life-changing week

The title “A life-changing week” refers more to my current inner thoughts and feelings. Over the past few years, I have put off some things that I need to do – personal stuff not study-related. These have all come up in more obvious shapes this week, and I have just decided to resolve matters and […]

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I love teaching

The first ten weeks of my course have passed, and we have the Easter break until we start the second half of the semester. My students gave me a letter, some Japanese biscuits and Cleistocactus!     What I am feeling now is that I love my students and teaching. I have taught in the […]

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Weeks 115 and 116: Hectic weeks with moving

For the past two weeks, I have been fully occupied with moving and teaching! Moving is really stressful and time-consuming about many matters, but it’s been fantastic to see that the new apartment has been set up very nicely, little by little. As for research, my progress was quite slow last week. I was completely […]

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