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A : Where are you from?

I'm from Nagoya.

B : What part of Nagoya are you from? I'm from Meito Ward.

B : What's Meito Ward famous for?

It's famous for the Higashiyama Zoo.

B : What is famous about the Higashiyama Zoo?

The first koala bear to Japan was put in that zoo. It's more than ten years ago, but they attracted many people throughout Japan.

A : Well, what's"oiro-naoshi"?

It's a custom in Japanese wedding ceremonies. The bride and groom change their clothes from the Japanese kimono to Western clothes, and sometimes several times.

A : I heard that Nagoya is famous for its luxurious wedding ceremonies. Is it still true?

Yes, it's true. People in Nagoya are very stingy. They save money in daily life to use it for lifetime events such as weddings, birthdays, and funerals.

B : You should say "thrifty", no "stingy".

I'm sorry, thrifty. As they are thrifty, Nagoya's economy is as good as Tokyo's, even though Japan is suffering from a recession.

A : Well, why do Japanese fashion magazines often use Western models?

I think it's because Japanese people have longed for Western cultures and styles since the Meiji period, as they tried to catch up with the West. Fashion magazines attract customers by using Western models.

A : Well, the Japanese Red Cross has imported infected blood products. What do you think about this?

I think it's bad. It's caused by the government and the head of some large hospital.

A : Is that all?

Yes.

A : Thank you very much.

Thank you. Goodbye.

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