Hello, good morning.
B： Good morning, please sit down here.
May I put my luggage here?
B： Yes, please. First, please tell us your name and where you’re from.
My name is … and I’m from Edogawa, Tokyo.
A： Cherry blossoms are well known as beautiful flowers in Japan. When is the most beautiful season for cherry blossoms?
The most beautiful season is from late March till early April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
A： Why do Japanese people like cherry blossoms?
The pink color of the flower is very beautiful. Also, the blooming period is quite short and this represents the short life of human beings. And, people think that cherry blossoms are a sign of the coming spring after the cold winter.
A： My wife is interested in kimonos. When do Japanese people wear kimonos, nowadays?
Most Japanese wear kimonos on certain occasions such as weddings, funerals, and graduation ceremonies. Thus, we wear them only occasionally.
A： So you don’t normally wear a kimono?
No, I don’t.
A： Where can I buy a kimono?
You can buy one at a souvenir shop. However, in general, kimonos are very expensive and are sold only in special shops or department stores.
反省点：最初にお土産屋でも買えると言った時に、「安いものは」ということわりを入れるべきであった。「You can buy one at a souvenir shop」と答えた瞬間に Bの女性が「えっ」という顔をしていたように思う。
A： I’ve heard of the word “shogun” in America. Could you please explain what “shogun” is?
“Shogun” means generalissimo, and was a military dictator during the Edo period.
A： Who was the first “shogun”?
It was Tokugawa Ieyasu, who became a “shogun” in 1603.
A： Can we still see a “shogun” now?
No, there is no “shogun” now, and the last one stepped down in 1868.
A： I’m very sad that I cannot see a “shogun” now.
C： Well, now, I will give you one question in Japanese. Could you please answer my question in Japanese?
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