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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Week 53: Influenza

I have had the flu since 2nd January, with a high fever of 39.7˚C, a chill, and body aches that continued for five days. I went to a large hospital on the 6th and was tested for influenza and pneumonia. Luckily, the high fever was not a symptom of pneumonia, but influenza only. My doctor […]

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Week 35: Preliminary fieldwork

I returned to the UK a week ago, having spent four weeks in Japan doing preliminary fieldwork. It was a pilot observation in my home country, but still, it was an amazing experience. Since I had worked on literature studies on Japanese issues while living in the UK, every interaction, every event and news article, […]

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Week 31

I have been translating information sheets and consent forms for my field research into Japanese, which is a very tough job. On Thursday I flew from England to Japan to conduct my three-week preliminary field research. I will be making observations in Tokyo for the next two weeks, with further observations in a rural region […]

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Venice

My first time in Venice was full of meeting with Luca’s family. His mum and cousin picked us up at the airport and took us to the city centre. We parked the car near the train station and walked around the northern area, Cannaregio. The town of Venice is unique, where small shops, narrow streets […]

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KLM flight

I am writing this on my flight back to the UK. My two-month stay in Japan was more hectic than usual. I took a teacher training module at my old university, made trips with my mum, had dinner with my aunt several times and met up with my cousins; I met three cousins on my […]

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