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 [...]