A:Please tell what is your name and where
do you live?
My name is ....... I live in .........
A:I am interested in Japanese history. When
was the last shogun removed?
The last shogun was Tokugawa Yoshinobu. He was removed in 1868 as
the Meiji restoration, a kind of revolution, happened.
A:Please tell me about the Meiji restoration.
At the Meiji restoration, the feudal system was abolished and Japan
opened the country to foreign countries. After that, Japan started
to be a democratic and international country.
A: Why Japan opened the country?
At the time, foreign countries asked Japan. It was international
trend at the time.
A:I know there was the warrior-class in the
Edo period. What kind of people other than them were there?
During the Edo period, the warrior-class was the top. Other people
were farmers, technicians and merchants.
A:Please explain about merchants?
In the period, merchants became rich and they had a power. The real
power of merchants became richer than warriors. I think it was one
of the reasons of the Meiji restoration. While merchants were increasing
the power, the warrior-class decreased their power.
A:Next question. Where is the biggest car
factory in Japan?
It is in Toyoda city where is near Nagoya. Toyota is one of the
biggest car companies in the world. In Toyoda city, there is a headquarters
and main factories of Toyota.
A:How do I go to Toyoda city?
You should go to Nagoya by shinkansen and take JR local train.
A:How long does it take to Nagoya?
It takes about 2 hours by shinkansen.
A:Where should I see in Nagoya?
You should see Nagoya castle and Atsuta shrine. Both are beautiful
and historical buildings. They will entertain you.
A:Are there any good food in Nagoya.
There are some unique cuisine in Nagoya. My recommendation is hitsumabusi,
It consists of basted eel and rice. The eel is basted with soy sauce
sugar and sake.
A:I also like skiing. Where is the best place
I recommend Zao mountain. It is between Yamagata and Miyagi prefecture.
It is famous for iced-trees.
A:Next question. Today, how often Japanese
take a bath?
I think Japanese take a bath almost everyday.
A:Everyday? Why do Japanese take a bath so
I think it is related to Japanese climate. Summer is hot and humid.
Taking a bath is good for washing off the sweat. As Japanese winter
is very cold, it is good for warming our body.
A:Foreign people do not take a bath so often,
just take a shower. What do you think is the reason?
I don't know the exact reason. Generally speaking, shower is faster
and more convenient than bath. Foreign people may have not found
the joy of bath yet.
A:I have never been in onsen, hot springs.
Please explain how to use onsen.
At onsen, you should take off your all clothes. You may be embarrassed,
but it is Japanese custom. You should wash your body outside of
the bathtub. You should not use your soap and towel in the bath.
Just soak your body.
A:How long should I be in the bath.
There are no rules. You can be in the bath whenever you want. In
many case, people are in the bath two or three times. Taking a bath,
taking a rest and taking a bath again.
A:I see. Now my questions have finished.