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東京スカイツリー Tokyo Skytree [Tokyo]

質問に答えて、英語スピーキング&ガイディングの練習をしましょう。
1 How old and how high is Tokyo Skytree?
2 How high is the upper observation deck?
3 How much is the admission fee?
4 What if we have a big earthquake when we are on the deck?
5 What's the name of the mascot?
6 What is at the bottom of Tokyo Skytree?

Useful Words
展望台     observation deck
入場料     admission fee
柱       pillar
避難階段    emergency stairs
水族館     aquarium

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昭和基地 Showa Station [Others]

質問に答えて、英語スピーキング&ガイディングの練習をしましょう。
1 Is Showa station the only Japanese station in Antarctica?
2 What's the name of the icebreaker of Japan?
3 How many members winter in the station?
4 What do they do in Antarctica?
5 What do they do in their free time?
6 How do they get fresh vegetables?
7 How do they dispose of their waste and garbage?
8 When did the first expedition team of Japan go to Antarctica?
9 Are you interested in a trip to Antarctica?

Useful Words
南極大陸     Antarctica
砕氷船      icebreaker
越冬する     winter
人工の光     artificial light
カイワレ大根   white radish sprouts
生物分解する   biodegrade
観測隊      expedition team

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弥生時代 the Yayoi Period [History]

質問に答えて、英語スピーキング&ガイディングの練習をしましょう。
1 When did the Yayoi period start and end?
2 Why is this period called "Yayoi"?
3 What started in this period?
4 What kind of "houses" did the Yayoi people live in?
5 Who introduced rice farming to Japan?
6 How different is Yayoi earthenware and Jomon ware?
7 In those days, what was Japan called in old Chinese history books?
8 Do you know any famous king's or queen's names of this period?
9 Do you know any famous sites of this period?

Useful Words
弥生式土器   Yayoi earthenware, Yayoi ware
稲作      rice farming
青銅器     bronze ware
定住      settlement
朝貢外交    tribute diplomacy
竪穴式住居   pit house
幾何学的な   geometrical
登呂遺跡    the Toro site


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稲荷神社 Inari Shrine [Religion]

質問に答えて、英語スピーキング&ガイディングの練習をしましょう。
1 How many Inari shrines are there in Japan?
2 Who are Inari shrines dedicated to?
3 Where is Fushimi Inari Shrine?
4 Why are there so many red gates in the shrine?
5 What's "Light-or-Heavy Stone" of Fushimi Inari Shrine?
6 Why are there fox statues in Inari shrines?
7 Why do you offer "inari-zushi" at Inari shrines?
8 What's "hatsuuma"?
9 What's "kitsune-udon"?

Useful Words
願い事をする  make a wish
願いが叶う   be granted / come true
お使い     messenger
米俵      straw rice bag
午の日     the Horse Day
お揚げ     deep-fried bean curd
化かす     trick

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七福神 the Seven Lucky Gods [Religion]

質問に答えて、英語スピーキング&ガイディングの練習をしましょう。
1 Are the seven lucky gods Shinto gods?
2 Do you know all the names?
3 What's the feature of Daikoku?
4 What's the feature of Ebisu?
5 What's the musical instrument the female god holds?
6 Who is the god in armor?
7 How do you tell Fukurokuju from Jurojin?
8 Who is the god with a potbelly?
9 What's "shichifukujin-meguri"? Why do you do it?

Useful Words
ヒンズー教      Hinduism
道教         Taoism
打ち出の小づち    magic hammer
米俵         straw rice bag
鯛          sea bream
甲冑         armor
はげた頭       bald head
太鼓腹        potbelly
ご利益        blessing


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相撲 Sumo [Tradition]

質問に答えて、英語スピーキング&ガイディングの練習をしましょう。
1 How many sumo tournaments do you have in a year?
2 Why do sumo wrestlers wear only sumo belts?
3 Why do they throw salt onto the ring before each bout?
4 Could you tell me the sumo rules?
5 How do the wrestlers develop such huge bodies?
6 How heavy are they?
7 What kind of ranks are there in the "makuuchi" division?
8 Where do sumo wrestlers live?
9 What's "chanko"?
10 Do you think you'll have a Japanese yokozuna in the near future?

Useful Words
場所      tournament
取組      bout
まわし     sumo belt
神事      Shinto ritual
土俵      ring
空腹の状態で  on an empty stomach
平均して    on average
相撲部屋    sumo stable
鍋料理     hot pot dish

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正月 New Year [Tradition]

質問に答えて、英語スピーキング&ガイディングの練習をしましょう。
1 What's "kadomatsu"? Where do you display it?
2 Do pine branches and bamboo stems have any special meanings?
3 What's "shimekazari"? Where do you display it?
4 Why do you display "kadomatsu" and "shimekazari" at New Year?
5 What's "kagamimochi"?
6 Why is it called "kagami"?
7 What do you do at New Year?
8 Do you go to see the first sunrise of the year?

Useful Words
長寿     longevity / long life
繁栄     prosperity
しめ縄    sacred straw rope
シダ     fern leaf
みかん    tangerine
二段重ねの  two-tiered

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フグ Fugu [Food and Drink]

質問に答えて、英語スピーキング&ガイディングの練習をしましょう。
1 Is it safe to eat fugu? How many people die after eating fugu in Japan?
2 What part of fugu is poisonous?
3 What are the symptoms of fugu poisoning?
4 How do you cook fugu?
5 Why are there so many fugu restaurants in Osaka?
6 Why is Shimonoseki famous for its fugu?
7 Why was eating fugu banned in the Edo period?
8 Do you like fugu? What's your favorite fugu dish?
9 Why do you eat such dangerous fish?

Useful Words
フグ         fugu / blowfish / puffer (fish)
有資格のフグ調理人  licensed fugu chef
卵巣         ovary
しびれ        numbness
ヒレ酒        roasted fin sake
命を捧げる      devote one's life to



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新幹線 the Shinkansen [Others]

質問に答えて、英語スピーキング&ガイディングの練習をしましょう。
1 When did the Shinkansen start its service?
2 How fast is it now?
3 Why does it have a long nose?
4 Why are there so many tunnels on its routes?
5 Aside from the Tokaido Shinkansen, what Shinkansen do you have?
6 Why do you think the Shinkansen is so popular among foreign tourists?
7 Do you think the ticket price is reasonable?
8 What's the difference between Nozomi, Hikari, and Kodama?
9 How long does it take from Tokyo to Osaka by the fastest Shinkansen?
10 What's a "seven-minute miracle"?
11 When did you first ride the Shinkansen?
12 Which do you prefer, a window seat or an isle seat?

Useful Words
時速       per hour
空気抵抗     air resistance
減らす      reduce, decrease
高速で走る    run at a high speed
通路側の席    isle seat

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燃料電池車 Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) [Current Topics]

質問に答えて、英語スピーキング&ガイディングの練習をしましょう。
1 What's the fuel of FCV?
2 How does FCV get electricity?
3 What does FCV emit while running?
4 What's the difference between FCV and EV?
5 What's the problem of FCV?
6 Do you think FCV is eco-friendly?
7 Aside from using FCV or EV, what can we do to be eco-friendly?
8 Do you drive? What kind of car do you have?
9 Are you interested in FCV? Do you want to get one?

Useful Words
水素      hydrogen
酸素      oxygen
放出する    emit
電気自動車   electric car (EV)
二酸化炭素   carbon dioxide
満タンにする  fill up
排気ガス    car exhausts

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