A： Good morning.（笑顔）
B： Please tell us your name and where you are from.
My name is …, and I’m from Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
A： OK. I’m going to ask you some questions.
A： Where and when can we see cherry blossoms in Japan?
In Tokyo, （in Japanときかれたのに東京に限定してしまった・・・）the cherry blossoms usually bloom in the first week of April. When cherry blossoms are in full bloom, they are all in pink, and are very beautiful. So people go to see the cherry blossoms and have a party under the trees. In Tokyo, Chidorigafuchi is a famous place for cherry blossoms and there are many such famous places around Tokyo, and all around Japan.
A： OK, next question. Please describe the climate in Japan.
In Japan, there are four seasons. Spring starts around March or April, and summer starts in July. There is a rainy season between spring and summer, in June. We get a lot of rain in the rainy season, which lasts for about a month. And then autumn starts in September or October, and winter starts around December.
A： OK, next question. On what occasions do Japanese wear kimonos?
Japanese wear kimonos on ceremonial occasions. People wear them during the New Year Holidays, because New Year’s is a time for celebrating the new year. And also, on Coming-of-Age day, which is on the 2nd Monday of January, young people who become 20 years of age have a celebration, and women in particular wear kimonos. Also, elderly women wear kimonos when they go to wedding receptions.
A： OK, next question. Who do you think is the most important person in Japanese history?
Umm … I think the most important person in Japanese history is Ieyasu Tokugawa. In the feudal days, warriors fought with each other to become the dominant power in Japan, and in 1600, Ieyasu Tokugawa won the battles and started the Edo period. In the Edo period, Japan was isolated from foreign countries and many cultures and art started to flourish during this period. So I think Ieyasu Tokugawa is the most important person in Japanese history.
A： OK. When was the shogun in power?
The shogun, or generalissimo, appeared in Japanese history for the first
time in 1192 and lasted until the Meiji Restoration in 1867. So the shogun,
or leader of the military, remained in Japanese history from 1192 to the
A： OK. Thank you very much.
You are welcome.
Thank you very much.
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