B:Please put your belongings on the desk.
A,B:Please have a seat.
B:Could you tell me your name?
My name is ....
B:Where do you live?
I'm from, I live in ...., Tokyo.
A:This is my first time to come to Japan, and I'm interested in the Japanese weather. I've heard that there's a rainy season. When is it?
Yes. It's from mid-June to mid-July.
A:So it's about 2 months.
No, it's about one month.
A:Oh yes, one month. So is it like raining everyday?
Yes, and it's humid.
A:Humid! And Typhoons come around the same time?
No, typhoon season is from mid-September to the end of October.
A:So it's different, after the rainy season, there's the typhoon season... Yes, after the summer.
A:and you have to carry your umbrella everyday?
Yes. I'm afraid so.
A:All right. I'm also curious about Japanese characters.
We have three characters, Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana.
A:Why do you have three characters? Do you use them in different situations?
Yes. Kanji is more like an art than language. It’s really complicated.
Hiragana is derived from Kanji, and it's easier to read.
Katakana is also derived from Kanji, and it's easy to read too. They're used for describing or pronouncing something from Western culture.
A:Using Katakana, can Japanese people understand or read in English?
A:But when I look around in town, there are many signs in English. （この後、what are they?みたいな聞かれ方だったと思います。）
Japanese people can understand some English, like 'Beautiful', they can read it and understand what it means.
A:So Japanese people know how to write ABC?
A:When do they start learning?
Some people start learning English as early as two or three years old.
A:How about most people?
Most people start studying English in junior high.
A:About Kanji, where do you learn it?
We start learning Kanji in elementary school.
A:But Kanji is really complicated. Isn't it too difficult for children to learn?
Oh no, some Kanji are really complicated, but there are also pretty easy ones, like, 'one', 'one' in Kanji is just, （指で漢字の一を書きながら）
A:Oh, it's easy.
Yes, just a horizontal line.
A:Do they learn all Kanji in just a year?
No, we divide Kanji into different categories, and, A; Learn from the easy ones?
A:Do they start learning those three characters together?
No, we start by learning Hiragana first, then we gradually go into learning Kanji and Katakana.
A:Good. Now I'm going to ask you about the Meiji Restoration. Meiji Restoration, is that right?
Before Meiji Restoration, people would walk around in… bushi, samurai or warrior clothes, but after the restoration, people started wearing the clothes from western, and eating western food.
A:so it's just like western culture coming into Japan.
Yes, the government has changed, too.
Well, before the Meiji Restoration, we had, like, a hierarchy(?)
(発音が微妙だと思ったので、語尾を上げて言ったら、ＡもＢもうなづいてくれました。）society, but after the restoration, the government tried to spread equality among Japanese nationals.
A:All right. Now, about samurai, when did they exist?
Oh…（小声で）I don't know…
I guess they appeard in the Edo period?
it started in sixteen...around sixteen hundred, and it ended in eighteen sixty-seven, when the Meji Restoration started.
A:So after that, there were no samurai?
Well, there were, but just a few.
A:Are there still people who consider themselves samurais?
Well, there are few, a few...but just to be fun.
A:So they dress up like samurais and practice swords?
A:Well I guess it's time to finish.
Have a nice day.