I defended my prospectus last December and passed my oral exams in March. I forgot what I have been doing since then but time flies really fast, and here I am. Back in Japan. I am starting my real, not “preliminary,” research for my dissertation.
I am starting from the 青年団報アーカイブス in Tsuruga, Fukui. I visited there last summer and I’m looking forward to excavating the boxes more closely this time. I will spend July in Sendai. I am not quite sure what I can find there but Christopher, who has spent a year there doing local history, has suggested a number of things already. Almost all Japanese local histories in English are about Nagano for a good reason. But Sendai seems to have good local historical materials too. We will see.
After that I will move to Tokyo. I have no specific plan yet but I soon have to expand my networks in Korea and Taiwan and visit there as soon as possible. Networking. The sound of it intimidates me. Fortunately I got generous funding this year which allows me to fly between many places.