A: You can put your bag over there.
A: What is your name and where are you from?
My name is XXX. I am from ..... Ward in ......
A: Could you tell me how to get to ..... from .....?
You can take ..... Line. ..... is the fourth stop from ......
A: Tell me about your neighbourhood.
Sure. It is a nice residential area and has Himonya Park, a botanical
garden, gymnasium, and a swimming pool.
A: Himonya Park sounds interesting to visit. Could you tell me about
There is a pony.
A: Pony? (面白い答えが返ってきたぞとばかりすごいリアクションで微笑む）
And you can do a pony trekking. There are a pond, trees, gymnasiums,
and a tennis court. You can enjoy a day.
A: You must like your neighbourhood.
Yes, I live there for more then 10 years.
A: Except Meguro, I want to see other place in Tokyo. Where do you
I recommend visiting Meiji Shrine. The shrine was founded in 1920
and was enshrined the Emperor Meiji. The forest was man-made with
thousands of trees which were donated by people all over Japan and
also from Taiwan.
A: Oh, the forest was man-made. (人口の森だと知らなかったようでした。）
What is the easiest way to go to Meiji Shrine from the airport?
Do you mean...Narita airport?
You can take Sky liner to Ueno. At Ueno please change train to JR
Yamanote Line. It will take about half an hour. Meiji Shrine is
in front of Harajuku Station. You will never miss it!
A: I never miss it...hahaha(微笑から笑いへ変わる）You mentioned a shrine. What
is the difference between Shinto and Buddhism?
(出たーやったー）Shinto is a native religion in Japan. Shinto has no founder
or sutra. It developed from nature worship. Later it enshrined sacred
person or an emperor. Buddhism was originated in India and came
to Japan through China and Korea in the 6th to 7th centuries. Buddhism
has sutras and parishioners. This is the difference between Shinto
A: What is a feudal lord?
A feudal lord is a head of his fiefs. From 12 century to 19 century,
Japan was divided into fiefs, which is like a prefecture. The size
was smaller in general; however, if the feudal lord has a power,
his fief was large, more than a present prefecture.
A: Was there a female feudal lord?
No, I am afraid not.
A: Did you have a female shogun?
No, I am afraid not.
A: But I think you had a queen.
Yes, (にっこり）her name was Himiko. She governed a primitive country
in the 2nd or the 3rd century. In China, there was a record about
the country. Also, we had ten empresses...
A: Well, I will ask you about a modern Japan? What is enka?
Enka is a traditional type of pop song. It is a kind of ballad.
They sing about life, love, especially lost love. Enka is especially
popular among senior people. They like to sing in a karaoke place.
A: Where can I listen to enka in town?
I think you can listen to enka in Pachinko parlor in a local area,
though I do not do pachinko.
A: Do you like enka?
a little bit. I sometimes sing enka when I taking a hot tub bath.
A: Thank you very much.
B: Thank you.
Thank you for your time. ありがとうございました。