Mr. Emori, what is that book you have?
This is a new one I bought yesterday. It’s an English translation of haiku by Kobayashi Issa.
I’ve never heard of him. Is he like Basho?
Not really. His style is different.
Well, I think Basho’s haiku focus on beauty and nature. In contrast, Issa focuses on more everyday themes.
Can you give an example?
There’s a famous haiku about a child wanting to grab the moon.
Interesting. I’ll be sure to read that book.
Oh, hi, Yoshi, I haven’t seen you in ages!
Hi, Bobbie. I’m back. As you can see, I’ve gained some weight.
Yes, I do see that. But don’t worry. You can get into shape quickly.
Has anything changed at this gym?
Yes, we have a yoga studio now. We also have five new running machines.
Sounds good. I like those machines.
For you, I’d recommend the hip-hop dance class. It’s very popular. You, too, can transform your body!
Jessica, I didn’t see your name on the list of volunteers for the research trip.
Oh, the one to Egypt?
Yes. I thought you liked the Sphinx and the Pyramids.
I do, of course. But I can’t go this summer, and I’ve been there already.
But we’ll be doing more in-depth research this time. Are you sure, Jessica?
Yes. Besides, I’ll be traveling with my boyfriend then.
Yes. Are you surprised, Professor?
No. Why should I be surprised?
So, Linda, I was thinking about having a shogi training camp soon.
Shogi training camp? What’s that?
It’s not an actual camp. The idea is to stay somewhere relaxing to train our members.
Where could we go?
Somewhere in the mountains. Take Omoizawa, for example. That’s a beautiful place.
It might be expensive, though.
There are ways to get around that. Look. This website, for example, is good for finding great deals.
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How about your gym?
My gym is excellent. It has all kinds of machines. A 25-meter pool too.
On top of that, the staff members are so kind and always encourage me. But the downside is that the membership fee is a bit expensive.
So, you proposed to her.
Mmm… I expected her to accept, but on the contrary, she said, “No way!”
I should have followed your advice. I’ll get a job and propose to her again!