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松茸 Matsutake Mushroom [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 Why is matsutake so expensive?
2 Why do Japanese love matsutake?
3 How do you cook matsutake?
4 Why has the harvest of matsutake decreased in Japan?
5 What country does Japan import matsutake from?
6 What's your favorite mushroom?
7 Do you think matsutake is worth spending much money on?

Useful Words
需要      demand
供給      supply
香り      aroma
土瓶蒸し    steamed dish in an earthenware teapot
堆積する    pile up
菌類      fungus (pl. fungi)
燃料      fuel


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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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すし Sushi [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 Why do you think sushi is so popular in the world?
2 What are popular toppings for "nigiri"? What's your favorite?
3 Could you tell me how to eat "nigiri"?
4 What's "gari"?
5 Why do you eat "gari" or "wasabi"?
6 Could you describe a conveyor belt sushi bar?
7 What's "temaki-suzhi"? How do you make it?
8 What's "chirashi-zushi"?
9 How often do you eat sushi?
10 Why do you describe overcrowded trains as "sushi-zume" in Japanese?

Useful Words
左に倒す    turn it on its left side
一口で     in one bite
生姜の甘酢漬け sweet vinegared ginger
わさび     Japanese horseradish
回転ずし    conveyor belt sushi bar
のり      seaweed paper
手巻きずし   hand-rolled sushi
ちらしずし   mixed sushi with colorful toppings

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そうめん Somen Noodles [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 How do you eat "somen"?
2 What are popular condiments?
3 What's the difference between "somen," "hiyamugi," and "udon"?
4 How do you make such thin noodles?
5 What's "nagashi-somen"?
6 What place is famous for its "somen"?
7 Do you eat "somen" with hot soup?
8 What's "somin chanpuru"?

Useful Words
つゆ     (somen) sauce
薬味     condiment
直径     diameter
刻みネギ   minced green onion
おろし生姜  grated ginger
流す     flow
通り過ぎる  pass by

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ウナギ Eels [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 Why do you eat eels on the day of the Ox of the dog days?
2 Who started this custom?
3 Are eels fresh water fish?
4 Can they live on the ground?
5 Do you eat grilled eels on this day?
6 Why are they so expensive these days?
7 Do you think we can't eat eels anymore in the future?

Useful Words
土用の丑の日   the day of the Ox of the dog days
淡水魚      fresh water fish
えら       gills
絶滅危惧種    endangered species
養殖ウナギ    farm-raised eels
ナマズ      catfish

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天ぷら Tempura [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 How do you cook tempura? What do you put in the batter?
2 What ingredients do you use?
3 How do you know the right temperature of the oil?
4 How do you eat tempura?
5 What's "kakiage"?
6 What's the secret to make crispy tasty tempura?
7 How do you make straight prawn tempura?
8 Do you cook tempura at home? How often?
9 Have you ever tried any unusual tempura?

Useful Words
ころも    batter
だまになる  get lumpy
具材     ingredient
天つゆ    tempura sauce
薬味     condiment
大根おろし  grated radish
まぶす    coat
揚げる    deep-fry
クルマエビ  prawn
背ワタをとる devein, clean
(エビの)腹   belly

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緑茶 Green Tea [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 Why is green tea healthy?
2 What's the difference between green tea, black tea, and oolong tea?
3 Could you tell me how to make tasty green tea?
4 What place is famous for its tea in Japan?
5 Is it okay to put sugar in green tea?
6 What goes well with green tea?
7 Aside from green tea, what kind of tea do you have in Japan?
8 Do you think Japanese people live long because they drink green tea a lot?
9 Do you like green tea?

Useful Words
カテキン   catechin
発酵する   ferment
急須     tea pot
番茶     coarse tea
ほうじ茶   roasted tea

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弁当 Box Lunch / Bento [Food and Drink]

質問に答えて、英語スピーキングの練習をしましょう。
1 Why is Japanese bento so beautiful?
2 What are the five colors necessary for bento?
3 What does each color stand for in bento?
4 Why is pickled ume often used in bento?
5 What's "ekiben"? What's "soraben"? Are these different from usual bento?
6 What's "aisai-bento"? What's "kyara-ben"?
7 What's the origin of "makunouchi-bento"?
8 Why do you think bento developed so much in Japan?
9 Do you / Did you make bento for your family?

Useful Words
栄養バランスのとれた nutritionally well-balanced
玉子焼き    rolled omelet
ミニトマト   cherry tomato
海苔      seaweed paper
タコさんウインナー  octopus-shaped sausage
梅干し     pickled ume
殺菌する    kill germs
食中毒を防ぐ  prevent food poisoning
幕間      intermission



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