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Good morning.
A,B:Good morning.
A: Please put your coat and bag on that desk.

Thank you.
A:Please be seated.
Thank you.
A:First of all, please tell us your name.
My name is ..................
A:Where do you live?
I live in ............
B: I am a traveler to Japan. I have skied in a lot of places in the US like Colorado. I've heard Japan also has good places for skiing. Where should I go?
Niseko is a good ski resort. Niseko is located in Hokkaido and you can enjoy skiing with dry powder snow. Because Niseko is a big and famous ski resort, the staff can speak English. You will not have a language problem.
B: Oh really! That sounds great. How can I get there?
I recommend that you should go there by airplane. Since Hokkaido is located in the Northern part of Japan.
(本州からはなれた島、と言おうとしたら)
B: Can I go there by bullet train?
Well, you could go there by bullet train. However, to do so, you need to change trains at Aomori station, the northern end of Honshu, and go though undersea tunnel, because Hokkaido is an island and it is separated from Honshu.
B: Oh Ok. It takes more time. I should go by airplane. But isn't that quite expensive?
In winter time a lot of people go to Hokkaido to enjoy skiing. The air fare is a little bit high. But if you fly early in the morning or late at night, the fare is a little bit low. It will cost around 20,000 yen.(そんなに安いかなと思いつつ片道ならそのくらいだったはずと思う。)
B: It's not that expensive. OK. Thank you. Have you been to Hokkaido before?
Unfortunately, not yet. But I would love to go there soon.
B: Yeah, so would I. Now, I have learned a little bit about Japanese history by reading. I do not know so much, of course. But I would like to know about the difference between Shogun and Samurai. Can you tell me about that?
Shogun was the official title given to the head of the military government. Samurai were warriors who trained in martial arts and swordsmanship. Samurai served for Shogun.
B: Oh OK. Until when did the last Shogun exist?
After the Meiji Restoration, there was no Shogun any more. The last Shogun existed until the Edo period.
B:When did the Meiji Restoration happen?
Well let me think.... It happened in the middle of the 19th century.
B:It is not that long ago..... Are there any other people than Shogun and Samurai in Edo period?
Yes. There were commoners and merchants in Edo period. During the Edo period, commoners were quite active and the arts such as ukiyoe and kabuki have been well developed.
B:Really. I have heard of Kabuki. I am also interested in watching Kabuki. What is Kabuki? Is that stage thing?
Kabuki is traditional Japanese stage drama played exclusively by men to the accompaniment of music and songs.
The men play women part as well. You can enjoy elaborate stage sets and colorful costumes.
B: I would like to see that. Can I see that in Tokyo?
Yes. In Ginza, there is Kabuki Theater.
B: Is that played only weekends.
No. It is played also on weekdays.
B: Good. I should go.
Yes. In kabuki theater you can enjoy Kabuki in English by using headphone.
B:Wow. That sounds great. I would love to try!
I heard you Japanese enjoy hot springs, unlike west, soaking in naked...... In the west we most take shower. Do Japanese take shower?
Yes. These days Japanese are so busy that do not have enough time to soak in bath tub. We do take showers especially on weekdays. A lot of people take only shower.
B:OK. I understand. Besides hot spring, I heard there is neighborhood bath house. Is that true? Is that still ...
Yes. It is called Sento. Sento is a bath house open to public for a fee. In the past Japanese house did not have bath, so everyone went to bath house to take a bath. However, these days most houses have bath and bath tub. Therefore, the number of public bath house is decreasing.
However, it is still popular as a gathering place especially for older people.
B: It is decreasing... But still popular for old people.
That means public bath house is still open.
Yes. We can get relaxed soaking in the large bath tab and chatting with neighbors.
B:That sounds fun. OK. Well.... That's it!
Pretty good. Thank you for coming.
Thank you.
A: Ok. This is it. Thank you.
かばんをとりに机に行く。
出口でThank you. Have a nice day.
A,B: Thank you, you too.
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