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Lesson 017 I want to take photos of the four seasons in this town
Yoko: Hallo, David.
David: Morning, Yoko! You’re running again today.
Yoko: Yes. I run every day. Are you taking pictures?
David: Yes. I like taking pictures during sunrise.
Yoko: You have a huge camera lens. I have never seen such a big lens before.
David: It’s a telephoto lens. I want to use all kinds of lenses, and take photos of the four seasons in this town.
David: Yes. This town has the perfect Japanese landscape. It’s a beautiful town.
Yoko: So, will you stay long?
David: Yes. I hope it’s OK.
Yoko: Of course! We’re a ryokan, after all.
Lesson 017 Summary
David has a huge camera lens.
Yoko has ( )( ) such a lens before.
It’s a telephoto lens.
David wants to use all kinds of lens, so he can take photos of the four seasons in the town.
Lesson 018 Would you like some?
Yoko: Yes, David?
David: The fish-shaped flag… What is it?
Yoko: It’s a type of streamer. It’s called koinobori. It’s a symbol of strong growth for all children.
David: That’s interesting. I think every country in the world wants their children to grow up healthy.
Yoko: Yes. They are raised in May, during Tango no Sekku.
David: During what?
Yoko: Tango no Sekku. It’s an old tradition. In my house, we put seasonal iris leaves in the bath, and eat kashiwamochi rice cakes. They are stuffed with sweet bean paste and wrapped in oak leaves. Would you like some?
David: Yes, please!
Lesson 018 Summary
David asks Yoko about carp streamers.
They ( ) ( ) koinobori.
Yoko tells him about the history of tango no Sekku.
She offers him some kashiwamochi, and he says “Yes, please!”
Lesson 019 Nice to meet you
Mimiko: Yoko! Wait up! You run too fast. I finally caught up.
David: Yoko, who is this?
Yoko: She’s Mimiko. She’s my lifetime rival.
Mimiko: Hello, Mr. Handsome. I’m Mimiko.
David: Nice to meet you. I’m David. I am staying at Hanasato Ryokan.
Yoko: He’s from America. He’s talented photographer.
Mimiko: I am running the Oasam Hotel.
David: Mimiko, how long have you known Yoko?
Mimiko: We are the same age. We even know each other’s first boyfriends.
Yoko: Oh, stop it, Mimiko. What do you want?
Mimiko: I want to talk to you, Yoko. Alone.
Lesson 019 Summary
Mimiko talks to David and Yoko.
She runs the Oasam Hotel.
David asks Mimiko, “How long ( ) you ( ) each other?”
She answers, “We are the same age. We even know each other’s first boyfriends.”
Lesson 020 Is everything going to be OK?
Mimiko: I heard from Miki that Sho will not take over the ryokan.
Yoko: We haven’t decided yet. Sho is still in junior high.
Mimiko: Yoko, we are not young anymore.
Yoko: Then we have to work even harder.
Mimiko: Do you really believe that?
Yoko: Mimiko, how long have we known each other?
Mimiko: You’ve run Hanasato Ryokan for 45 years. Five years ago, Yumi left. She was supposed to take over. So, is everything going to be OK?
Yoko: That’s none of your business. I am in good shape, and will welcome our 250th year in 2020 as the owner of Hanasato Ryokan. Bye!
Mimiko: I’m not sure, Yoko.
Lesson 020 Summary
Mimiko is worried there will be nobody to take over Hanasato Ryokan from Yoko.
She has run the ryokan for 45 years.
Yoko says, “We ( ) ( ) yet,” but Mimiko is not sure.
Let’s Try Get It Right Review
Let’s try and check CAN-DO and GRAMMAR points.
I have eaten those sweets before.
The sweets are made from rice.
The local people have loved these sweets for a long time.
I haven’t leaned how to make these sweets.
I have met that famous actor before.
We have known each other for five years.
The Girls’ Festival is called Hinamatsuri.
The schoolyard is still covered with snow.