Week 70: Returning to the UK and Luca’s birthday

On 1st May, I returned to England, having spent four months (17 weeks) in Tokyo doing fieldwork, including observations, audio recordings, one-to-one interviews, focus groups and reviewing local sources. I brought back all sorts of data that I had collected for my research and I also sent a box of books from Japan to my […]

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Weeks 68 and 69: The last day of my fieldwork and his third time in Tokyo

Last week, I started my observation work with the last physician in my fieldwork, who is a bit different from other physician participants. He is the chief doctor at a clinic, has about 12 years’ experience of medical practice, and is very modest. What impressed me the most was the excellent staff at the clinic. […]

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Week 67: Slowdown

Because I only had one case for my observation this week, the last few days were a bit more relaxed, with reading, a beauty salon appointment, shopping (the perfume in the photo) and dinners with friends.   Presentation skills course This week, I also finished the presentation skills course I have been taking since January. […]

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Week 66: Notification letter

I’ve received a notification letter that my proposal has been accepted for an oral presentation at an international conference taking place in September. This will be my very first presentation at an academic conference in my research career. Reading the letter, I immediately realised that I have to do so many things before September, and […]

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Weeks 64 and 65: Japan’s cherry blossoms

  I am feeling as if I have just finished a sprint! Over the past 14 days, I had non-stop observation work for research in the mornings and seminars in the evenings, and some hanami nights after work. This year, the appearance of the cherry blossoms was earlier than usual, and fortunately, we have been […]

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