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Wednesday in India

Our first day in India had some twists and turns. We met with Dr. Rajagopal (Raj) at the clinic and the early afternoon and met our interpreter Sajiv. Everyone here has been so lovely and helpful. We've had to adjust our schedule a bit due to some "hiccups," as Raj put it. The President is visiting Trivandrum Wednesday and Thursday so there are some road blocks around town, there's a bank holiday Thursday, and a political strike on Friday. We're not all together sure what the political strike entails. Raj said that the city usually shuts down but hospitals stay open. [...]

Posted By:  Annenagelkirk   |   Apr 30, 2008   |   No Comments

Last Night in Tokyo: A Traditional Japanese Meal

After a long, successful day of filming at the Wellness Community, Kenichi and Nanako kindly  took us out to a traditional Japanese meal. It was very fancy and quite a treat – eight courses. The place they took us seemed to be reserved for special occasions. Here’s an overview of our experience. [...]

Posted By:  Annenagelkirk   |   Apr 30, 2008   |   No Comments

Monday in Tokyo

I'm writing from Trivandrum, India. We arrived late last night after more than 20 hours of traveling. Sheesh! We flew from Tokyo to Singapore, had a several hour layover, and then took a second flight into Trivandrum. We're staying at an amazing bed and breakfast -  Graceful Homestay. I'll post photos of our current home later. We'll be doing some interviews here during our stay. Our last day in Tokyo was a good one. We interviewed two cancer survivors in the morning - Mr. and Mrs. Endo (prostate cancer) and Mrs. Saito (kidney cancer). They both had amazing stories. [...]

Posted By:  Annenagelkirk   |   Apr 30, 2008   |   No Comments

Sunday in Tokyo

Yesterday, we did our Japan man-on-the-street interviews. We talked to 25 people and visited four different parts of the city. We started in Sugamo, known as Grandma's Harajuku. It's a shopping center where most of the people are elderly and middle-aged women. Sugamo is also known for the Togenuki Jizo temple which is believed to remove the cause of many illnesses. Kenichi and Nanako thought this would be a good place to start as many people come here to seek help with their health issues. They were right. We talked to five people in this part of town, and ALL of them had a connection to cancer. Everyone was really lovely. We had a traditional Japanese lunch in Sugamo before moving on to our next location. It was delicious. [...]

 

Posted By:  Annenagelkirk   |   Apr 27, 2008   |   No Comments

Saturday in Tokyo

On Saturday, we met with our Tokyo contacts: Ozawa (our fixer) as well as Kenichi (Program Director at the Wellness Community) and Nanako (Kenichi's wife). We started our day with a meeting at the hotel to talk through our time in Japan. Then, they took us out for a sushi lunch followed by a tour of Tokyo. The sushi was amazing! Apparently, I use too much soy sauce. Kenichi, Nanako and our sushi chef found it quite amusing. "You just need a little," they said. [...]

Posted By:  Annenagelkirk   |   Apr 27, 2008   |   No Comments