A: Please put your coat and bag on that desk.
A:Please be seated.
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
I recommend that you should go there by airplane. Since Hokkaido
is located in the Northern part of Japan.
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
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
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
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
However, it is still popular as a gathering place especially for
B: It is decreasing... But still popular for
That means public bath house is still open.
Yes. We can get relaxed soaking in the large bath tab and chatting
B:That sounds fun. OK. Well.... That's it!
Pretty good. Thank you for coming.
A: Ok. This is it. Thank you.
出口でThank you. Have a nice day.
A,B: Thank you, you too.