B: Can I ask your name?
My name is XXX.
B: Where do you live?
I live in YYY ward, ............
A: Do you have rainy season in Japan?
Yes, we have. Rainy season begins about a middle of June, and lasts
about a month. This rain is needed by the farmers at rice-planting
time. It is very sticky and humid, especially if you get on the
A: Does rainy season begin in the entire Japan same time?
No. Rainy season begins from Okinawa (southernmost island). Then,
it gradually goes up northward to Aomori Prefecture in Honshu (main
island). It stops there. It won't go up to Hokkaido (northernmost
island). Hokkaido does not have rainy season at all.
A: If I visit Japan in summer, would you recommend visiting Hokkaido?
Yes. In summer Hokkaido is cooler than rest of Japan. You can enjoy
comfortable weather. Hokkaido has lots of beautiful scenery such
as Shiretoko peninsula, a World Heritage site. You can enjoy watching
A: Yes, I've heard about it. What is the difference between Shinto
shrine and Buddhist temple?
Shinto shrine has a torii gate. Torii consists of two upright posts
connected at the top with two horizontal crosspieces. Buddhist temple
has Buddhist statue, pagoda, cemetery and so on.
A: Tell me a little about history of Meiji era to World War 2? I
mean how Japan modernized?
Japan was trying to catch up with Western civilization from Meiji
era. Beforehand, Japan had isolation policy not to contact foreign
countries. They changed education system, industry and so on. They
became militaristic. They tried to colonize Asian countries. But,
they couldn't. They were defeated at World War 2. （歴史にうとい私にはこれぐらいが精一杯でした。最低。)
A: What fish can I catch in the sea?
You can catch sardine, mackerel and so on. （船を借りて沖に出れば大きな魚を釣れると言えば良かったが，釣りをしないのでとっさに思いつかなかった。）Big
fish like yellowtail, tuna and so on are coming from other countries.
About 50% of fish they eat in Japan are imported.
A: I can catch sardine, huh?
A: If I take hot spring wearing swimming suite on, what would you
Oh, no. You can't wear swimming suite when you take hot spring.
You're supposed to take off all your clothes, and then you go inside
the tub. If you take hot spring wearing swimming suite, that'll
be very rude. But, you can take towel with you.
A: Towel, huh? What food would you recommend if I visit Japan for
the first time?
I recommend sukiyaki. Sukiyaki is a thinly sliced beef, tofu (soybean
curd), onion and shiitake (black) mushroom are cooked in a pan at
the table. Sugar, soy sauce and sake are added for flavor. If you
drink sake, that'll be very good. If you share sukiyaki with your
friends, you can deepen your friendship with them.
A: Sukiyaki and sake, huh?
B: That's it for today.