Week 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 doctor 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. This week, I also finished the presentation skills course I have been taking since January. The evening class was […]

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Week 66: Notification letter

I have 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, […]

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Week 64-65: 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 able […]

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Week 63: Getting warmer

21ºC this week in Japan I pulled out a trench coat for the evenings. The cherry blossom season is already beginning. Today I booked a restaurant for a Hanami night with my dad! It is our favourite event in Japan to have drinks at an old restaurant within Ueno Park where thousands of cherry blossom […]

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Week 62: Spring socials

This week, I had some socials with friends for five continuous days. All four people I met up with this week were British; my colleagues from the university and also my students are visiting Tokyo for their holidays. We strolled from town to town, had some food and drinks, and watched a Kabuki performance! I […]

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