C: Please sit down.
C: May I have you name?
My name is ….
C: Where did you come from today?
I came from Amagasaki City, Hyogo prefecture.
A: Oh, Amagasaki? It is a famous historical place, isn’t it? There was a factory during WW2…
I’m sorry. I don’t know much about it. I have lived in Amagasaki for only one year.
A: Where are you from?
I’m from Shiga prefecture.
A: Which part of Shiga?
A: Are there any historically famous places in Shiga?
Yes, there are many famous places.
A: What is it? Give me one example.
Enryakuji Temple is a good example. It was built in the Nara period, so it has a long history as the main temple of the Jodo Buddhist sect. Also it is designated as the World Heritage site.
A: Are there any famous persons there?
Yes, one good example is Emperor Tenji.
Yes. Emperor Tenji is, also known as Prince Nakano Oe . He is the 38th emperor of Japan and did a great job of compiling the first Japanese legal code. (もうちょっと話そうと思ったが、次の質問に移った)
A: Sakura, many Japanese love Sakura. Right? Are there any special meanings of Sakura?
Yes, Sakura is a symbol of Japan. So it is natural for Japanese to have a love of sakura or cherry blossoms. Sakura blooms in late March or early April and when sakura is at its peak, under sakura trees, we eat, drink, sing and dance in a festive holiday mood.
A: Are there any good places to see Sakura in Shiga?
Yes, Ishiyama temple is one example. It’s located in the southern part
of Otsu City.
A: I saw many women wearing a kimono this morning. What kind of occasions do people wear a kimono?
These days people wear a kimono on fewer occasions than before. Generally we wear kimono at wedding ceremonies, during New Year’s holidays, and on Coming-of-Age Day.
A: What is Coming-of-Age day? I don’t know about it.
Coming-of-Age Day is a national holiday to cerebrate young people who reached the legal age of 20 during the past year. Family and friends celebrate with the 20-year-olds the young people’s new independence. Ceremonies are held all over the country on the day and government officials and special guests give congratulatory speeches.
A: Today, I’m invited to a Japanese house and they will serve dinner.
Is there anything that I should not do when I eat dinner. I don’t want
to be embarrassed. Are there any suggestions?
Unlike Western people, the Japanese do not eat with knifes and forks
but chopsticks. So it is better for you to learn how to use chopsticks
before visiting the house.
A: Is there anything else that I should not do at a Japanese house?
Well, other than an eating manner?
Oh, first of all, you should take off your shoes before entering a Japanese
Thank you very much.
出口で、再度、Thank you very much. と言って、退出する。
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