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B: Sit down, please.

Thank you.

Please tell us your name and address.

My name is .... I live in Isahaya City in Nagasaki Prefecture.

A: What part of Isahaya would you take foreign guests to?

I would take them to Isahaya Park.

A: What is Isahaya Park?

You can see "Megane-bashi", a bridge that looks like glasses.

A: Do I need ot wear glasses to see the bridge?

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No, no.

A: OK. I hear that Japanese people live long lives. What's the cause of the longevity?

I think food is the cause of our longevity. We eat a variety of food, not only meat but also a variety of vegetables.

A: I hear that people in Okinawa drink a special sake.

That's "awamori".

A: Do you think drinking sake has something to do with their long life?

I don't think so.

A: These days, a lot of people use cellphones with cameras. What do you think about this?

The other day, I read an article which said that man people get information by taking pictures of magazines at bookshops, and they don't buy the magazines. So the shopkeepers are in trouble because people don't buy the magazines.

A: So you don't like those cellphones?

I don't like them and I don't have one with a camera. But there are also some good points. For example, visitors can take pictures of the places they visit.

A: It depends on the users?

Yes.

A: Now, tell us about "hanami" in Japan?

You mean cherry blossoms viewing?

A: Yes.

We go out and gather under the cherry trees to see cherry blossoms in spring. There are two reasons why we like cherry blossom viewing.
First, we can see cherry trees throughout Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Second, the time is good to go out because it's not too hot nor too cold.


A: I hear that people don't plant cherry trees at home because a lot of worms gather around the trees. Is that true?

I don't see cherry trees planted inside people's gardens. Maybe that's true. That's because worms live inside the trees.

A: So people go to parks to see cherry blossoms?

Do you want to know a place where you can see cherry blossoms?

A: Well, can I see cherry blossoms in Isahaya Park?

No, but there is a nice place in Nagasaki City.

A: OK, thank you very much.

Thank you.

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