Week 122: Quality time with friends

Week 122: Quality time with friends

On 1st May I cooked Japanese red bean rice, Osekihan, to celebrate the new Reiwa imperial era in Japan. I love the tradition that Japanese people cook and eat Osekihan at home on special occasions, such as New Year's Day, an engagement or wedding, the birth of a child, and birthdays at the ages of [...]

Weeks 102 and 103: Two weeks’ break in Tokyo

Weeks 102 and 103: Two weeks’ break in Tokyo

I've been feeling a bit guilty about not working on my research for the past two weeks. But one thing I can report is that my paper abstract has been accepted for an international conference taking place in Hong Kong next year – I am going, for sure! It's also odd, after I arrive in [...]

Week 50: Christmas socials

Week 50: Christmas socials

I attended Christmas socials at my school and enjoyed having a chat with PhD colleagues whom I had not had an opportunity to talk to. We discussed our research methods and shared some concerns about analysis over drinks. It was very useful to exchange our thoughts and experiences of research life. Some of the participants [...]