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
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
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.
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
Week 33 was full of socialising with friends of mine! Luca came to Japan for the first time in nine months for a holiday. Overall, I spent this whole week meeting up with my friends and going sightseeing around Tokyo with Luca. For my research, I only completed translating all information forms this week. Whenever
We welcomed in the New Year at our friend’s house over wine! I had a hangover on New Year’s Day and ended up spending the whole day sleeping. I woke up at 7 am this morning feeling good. Although it was supposed to be done the previous day, I made a Sicilian-Japanese New Year’s celebration