A： Good morning.
A： May I have your name and where you are from, including the city and prefecture?
My name is … and I’m from Suginami in Tokyo.
B： Okay. Now, this is my first visit to Japan and I would like to know about the climate of Japan.
Japan has four clear-cut seasons, with a mild climate in spring and autumn. The summers are very hot and humid, and the winters are cold with lots of snow. In June, we have a rainy season called “tsuyu”.
B： What is “tsuyu”?
“Tsuyu” is the rainy season that starts in June and lasts about a month.
B： Do you have “tsuyu” in Hokkaido?
No, actually Hokkaido is the only place in Japan that does not have “tsuyu”.
Therefore, if you are planning to visit Hokkaido, I recommend you go there
during this season, in June and July.
B： So the climate differs from region to region?
Yes, it does.
B： Okay. Now, I’ve seen many pictures of women wearing kimonos. What are they?
Kimonos have long flowing sleeves and are worn on special occasions.
B： On what sort of occasions are they worn?
B： Is it the same with the “yukata”?
No, a kimono is worn on formal occasions while a “yukata” is worn on
less formal occasions such as when going to local festivals or going to
see fireworks. The fabric is also different.
A： kimono is made from silk, whereas a “yukata” is made from cotton and
as well as polyester, these days.
B： Right. Now tell me about your favorite person in Japanese history.
You mean in the long, long history of Japan?
B： Yes, in the long history of Japan.
Ummmmmm, I would say Shoutoku-taishi.
B： Oh, I don’t know him.
Shoutoku-taishi is a man who placed importance and value on harmony, which is regarded as the basic concept of Japanese. I think he lived during the 6th or 7th century.
B： All right. I’m done now.
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