First of all, my sincere apologies for the hiatus. I was pleasantly surprised at the considerable views the blog enjoys 21 months after the last update. Thank you all for your visits.
I had started this blog as a personal project that went alongside my previous employment: a university-run regional revitalization program at the tip of Noto Peninsula. After the program’s successful termination in March this year, I left to resume life as ABD and unpaid fellow. I had then thought to abandon this blog imbued with references to my previous work arrangement. (ETA: the program site linked in past articles has been taken over by a successive program launched in Oct 2012 for which I did not apply.)
Nine months on I still have no idea what I will be doing next spring except that I finish my dissertation as soon as possible. I do enjoy life in Noto nonetheless, writing up while observing Noto’s “satoyama-satoumi phenomenon” from a slightly different angle. It was my interest, after all, in the political ecology of biodiversity conservation and value-creation at the rural periphery that ran through my doctoral study in anthropology / area studies on Malawi that had brought me to Noto. As I dedicate nearly all my waking hours to dissertation writing, I may stumble upon a few points here and there relevant to the blog theme that I might like to share.
I thank you again for the many visits.
Have a wonderful New Year & hope to see you more in 2013!