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C: Please tell me what your name is and where you live.

I live in a small town named Taishi-Cho, or Taishi Town.
It's located in the southeastern part of Osaka Prefecture. It is near the border of Nara Prefecture.

A: Tomorrow, I would like to go to Nara. What places do you suggest?

I suggest Nara Park. In Nara Park, there are roaming deer. You can feed them.
And near Nara Park, there are famous temples and shrines. For example,
you can visit Todaiji Temple. And you can go to Kasuga shrine and Kofukuji Temple.
All of them are big, so you can enjoy a full day.

A: What is the difference between Buddhism and Shintoism?

Buddhism came to Japan in the 6th century. It originated in India. However,
Shintoism originated in Japan. So, they are different from each other.
There are various kinds of gods in Shintoism.

A: Ok, thank you. What do you think of Prime Minister Koizumi's Yasukuni shrine visit?

China criticizes his visit, because the shrine enshrines the people who started the war.
Thus, he should not go there. And neighboring countries also are cautious about his visit.
Thus, to promote mutual understanding he shouldn't go there.
(予想していなかったので、戸惑いました。この様なことを言ったと思いますが、war-criminalsという言葉を使うべきだったと後で大いに後悔しました。あまり適切に表現出来なかったと思われます。)

A: What god is enshrined in Kasugataisha? (質問は、もう少し長かったと思います。)

I'm not sure, but I suppose it is Fujiwara Michinaga.

A: So, not sun got but the person?

Yes, I believe so.

A: Who built the Kasuga Shrine?

I suppose Fujiwara Michinaga did. He was the powerful person in ancient Japan.
That's why he built it (氏神を祭っているのに後で気付きました。)


 
 
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