A： Good morning.
May I put my bag here?
A： Yes, please. Please have a seat.
B： Are you nervous?
Yes, a little bit.
A： I’m going to ask you some questions.
A： I’m going to invite my family to Japan. Which season do you think
is the best?
A： Where do you see cherry blossoms?
My favorite place for cherry blossom viewing is Shinjyuku Gyoen National Garden. It is one of Tokyo’s largest parks and is home to a large number of cherry trees of more than a dozen different species. I think Shinjyuku Gyoen is an ideal place to enjoy the beauty of cherry blossoms leisurely.
A： I have heard that Japanese people usually enjoy drinking in Hanami. Is it right?
Yes, when cherry blossoms are in full bloom, people have a picnic under cherry trees and enjoy drinking, singing and dancing in a festive mood. The party is lively and often lasts into the night.
A： Good. I want to ask about Japanese history. Who is your favorite historical person?
My favorite historical person is Oda Nobunaga. He was a major daimyo,
or feudal ruler during the period of Civil War. He contributed to laying
the groundwork for the future unification of the country. And he was eager
to import Western culture and technology. He was so clever that he took
advantage of imported firearms in many battles to gain power. I can feel
his energetic character in his heroic story.
Minamoto no Yoritomo is the first shogun. After a prolonged struggle he led his clan, the Minamoto, to victory over the Taira. And then he became the first shogun and established his shogunate at Kamakura. And then he rewarded his retainers with estates located throughout the country.
A： I want to see where shogun lived. Where should I go?
I recommend visiting the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The Imperial Palace
used to be Edo Castle.
B： Can you enter the Imperial Palace?
Except for special days such as the second day of the New Year, the Imperial Palace is not opened to the public, but a part of the Imperial Palace, which is called “Higashi Gyoen” or Imperial Palace East Garden, is opened to the public everyday except Mondays and Fridays.
A： When do you wear a kimono?
I wear a kimono on such ceremonial occasions as Coming of Age Day, wedding receptions, cultural events related to the tea ceremony or ikegbana or traditional Japanese-style of flower arrangement. Nowadays Japanese people regard a kimono as a kind of formal wear, not every day clothe.
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