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A：B： Good morning. B： Please sit down and put your bag here. (荷物を置くいすを示す)
OK. Thank you.
B： Please tell us your name and where you are from.
My name is …. I am from Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo.
A：OK, I will ask you some questions. In Japan, the flower called the “sakura” is popular. Ah, when is a best season to see them, the cherry blossoms?
Well, I think spring is the best season, especially the beginning of April.
A：OK. Where can I see cherry blossoms in Tokyo?
I think Chidorigafuchi, near the Imperial Palace, is a good place to see cherry blossoms. Also, you can see cherry blossoms in many places in Tokyo.
A：I see. What is the climate of Japan? What is it like? (この質問はあまりよく覚えていない)
Japan has four clear-cut seasons, spring and summer and autumn and winter. The hottest is summer and the coldest is winter. Spring and autumn are mild seasons so they are good times to come to Japan.(今思えば、梅雨のことを話すのを忘れた)
A： OK. Do you have a kimono?
Yes, I got one from my mother recently.
A： Well I want to buy a kimono for my wife. Where can I buy one?
Oh, I recommend you go to famous department stores such as Mitsukoshi and Takashimaya. They have a kimono branch, or section. Also you can buy them at shops on the street.
A： OK. Then what’s a shogun?
Oh, a shogun is a commander in chief of the military and is also the head of an expeditionary army. (expeditionary という発音がうまくできず。後で「天皇から授けられた」と付け加えればよかったと後悔。Generalissimoも出ず。。。)
A： Who was the first Shogun?
Oh, the first shogun was Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ah, actually the first shogun in ancient times was Sakanoueno Tamuramaro. He was the very first shogun. Tokugawa Ieyasu was the first shogun of the Edo period.
A： When did the Edo period end?
I think the Edo period ended in the mid-19th century. Actually, the last shogun was Tokugawa Yoshinobu, who was originally from the Mito clan, and I am originally from Mito, so I feel very close to him. (今思えば、明治時代の前とかもっと説明すればよかった。)
A： Well, OK, thank you.
Thank you very much.
C： I’ll ask you a question in Japanese.