My favorite experience with research has been having the opportunity to conduct a second round of fieldwork in Kyoto, Japan during the summer of 2017 as a visiting researcher at Kyoto University with funding from National Geographic. I was hosted by a wood research lab in the Graduate School of Agriculture at Kyoto University. Since I have mobility problems, my host professor made the door in their lab accessible for me by adding automatic door openers. He also created my own desk space with the other lab members and assisted with connecting me with people to interview for my research.
I remember my host professor driving the other visiting researcher from Austria and me to a wood museum in Kobe, Japan. He treated us to a yummy lunch, let us loose in the wood museum to explore freely, drove us around the city of Kobe, and then bought us a giant box of cream puffs to eat for the drive back to Kyoto. I enjoyed being in the lab with the other students. We ate lunch together each day and took very lengthy pour over coffee breaks. Our lab was like a little family.
As for fieldwork, I had an interview with an elderly machiya carpenter at a cafe. The cafe is an old wooden house and had large step at the entrance. Following the interview, the carpenter built a wooden ramp for the cafe so that I could get in easily with my wheelchair. I met great people during my fieldwork.