A: Hi, please have a seat.
A: Please tell me your name.
My name is XXX.
A: Where do you live?
I live in .... That's near ....
A: Oh! I know where ... is. Tell us what it's famous for.
A: Yeah, it's a great place for Korean BBQ. I can smell it from
the platform when I get off from the train.
Yes! It's really a great place!
A: Now please tell me. What's rainy season?
It's the time when it rains almost everyday. It starts in June,
and lasts about a month. The rainy clouds cover most part of Japan,
except Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan.
A: Oh, so there's no rainy season in Hokkaido. It must be great
I think so.
A: So does it rain for a few hours, or does it rain all day?
It rains all day, so it's different from the monsoon shower.
A: I see. Now, is the rainy season cold?
Ah...Yes, it is. Because there's less sunshine.
A: Okay. Now, what's the difference between temples and shrines?
First of all, god they enshrine...ah, they are dedicated to different
gods. Temples are for Buddhists, and shrines are for Shintoists.
A: I see. How can I tell the difference?
Usually for shrines, you can find a big, orange gate called Torii.
A: So that's one way to see.
A: What's Shinto?
It's a religion originated in Japan.
A: Oh, so it's not in other parts of the world?
Actually, I've heard that there's a new shrine in Europe, in Switzerland
A: Oh really. So Shinto might spread around the world.
A: After the Meiji Restoration, Japan has modernized. How did it
First, people started to wear Western clothes. And both men and
women started to get hair cut.
A: Even men too?
Yes, they used to have their hair tied.
A: Oh... I think I've seen it on TV!
Ah, yes, it almost looks like a sumo wrestler.
A: I see.
And Japanese started to eat beef.
A: So they didn't eat beef before?
No. It was against the Buddhist concept.
A: Oh, it was. How about pork and chicken?
Ah... maybe chicken, but probably not pork.
A: I see. So they mainly ate fish. How did they keep fish fresh?
Well, they put salt to preserve fish.
A: Must have been salty. They must have gotten high blood pressure...
But Americans have high blood pressure.
We still do.
A: Oh really. Which fish is good now?
(魚の名前が浮かばず)...salmon is good.
A: Oh, salmon is good this season.
Ah, yes, and crab.
A: Oh, crab! Where is good for crab?
Fukui prefecture, which is located on the Japan sea side, is famous
A: Sounds delicious!
Yes, it is! So please go and try someday!
A: Well, we should finish now, because I have to go there!
Oh, are we...
A: Yes, we are done.
Thank you for your time.