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 Tokyo, how quickly I switch back to the way of life which I used to have before moving to Europe. I have been keeping myself busy, meeting people every single day for lunches and dinners outside, walking a lot, and eating too much.

Always, I get jet lag for one week after flying from the UK to Japan (very little jet lag after travelling from Japan to the UK, though). But this time, a busy schedule has helped me to maintain my sleeping routine and maximise my activities here. I’ve made trips non-stop, not just around Tokyo but to Kyoto, Fukuoka, Kumamoto and Kagoshima. Here’s my brief review of the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto!


Japanese restaurant: Ningyocho Imahan

It’s a classic, and our all-time favourite Japanese restaurant. Imahan have different types of Japanese food, and for lunch, we ordered their signature bento style ‘Imahan Lunch Gozen’ with appetiser, miso soup, sashimi and steak. The presentation is so neat and beautiful, and the food is very tasty. More importantly, their service is great quality. That’s why I always take my parents to this place; my dad loves it!


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Imahan Lunch Gozen with appetiser, miso soup, sashimi and steak


I’ll be flying back to the UK four days after Christmas, and will then return to work. Next week, I’ll wrap up the second year of my PhD and write a reflection of activities and fieldwork during 2018.


My achievements in weeks 102 and 103

  • I’ve fully enjoyed the time with my family and friends so far!
  • My abstract has been accepted for an international conference taking place in Hong Kong next year.
  • My teaching schedule was confirmed.

Goals for week 104

  • Work on an analysis of two cases.
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