Foreign tourists love to visit historic areas in Japan, so it’s helpful to know how to answer their questions about such places.
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
I. Go over the expressions with your tutor.
1. When someone says it feels like…, they’re expressing how something seems to them.
So, what do you think of this place?
I love it! It feels like we’re in a different era.
2. To go back in time means to return to the past.
Everything looks very traditional here.
Yeah, it’s like we went back in time.
3. Well-preserved is used to describe something that has been kept in good condition.
The shrine looks so beautiful!
It’s amazing how they were able to keep it so well-preserved!
II. What was the last historic place you visited? Describe it using the expressions above.
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
/ feels /
It / feels / like the 1920s.
/ well-preserved /
The building is quite / well-preserved /!
Yuko, Mami, and Kelsie are discussing where to go for a day trip.
Kami… Kamikura? What’s that?
(laughs) It’s Kamakura. It’s a historic town just an hour away from here. I’ve been there once. It has one of the largest daibutsu in Japan.
Wow! I’d love to see that. Also, I need to take a break from city life.
Yeah, Kamakura is a good place to go to if you want a change of scenery. It’s the perfect combination of nature and history. When I went there, it felt like I was in a different century! It was like I went back in time hundreds of years. The old buildings were really well-preserved.
Did you hear that, Mami? They’ve got more shrines for you to pray for love at! (laughs)
Yeah, Mami. Let’s go! Maybe your wish will come true this time. (laughs)
There’s no need for that anymore. I have a boyfriend now!
Whoa, are you serious?!
Yes! My wish came true after all!
The English term for daibutsu (大仏) is Great Buddha. The Great Buddha in Kamakura is one of the tallest daibutsu in Japan. Meanwhile, the Great Buddha in Asuka-dera is said to be the oldest one in the country.
STEP A EXERCISE
Are the underlined expressions used correctly? If not, change the sentences.
1. The samurai houses don’t look like they’re a hundred years old. They’re very well-preserved.
2. Walking the streets of Ouchijuku is a great experience. It feels like I’m happy.
3. Walking along the merchant houses in Uchiko was like going back in time to the future.
4. It was so cool to see geishas in Gion. It felt like I was on a movie set.
STEP B EXERCISE
Follow the instructions in parentheses using the expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.
- (Say that the gassho-zukuri farmhouses in Shirakawa-go are in good condition.)
- (Say that you had the feeling that you were inside of a beautiful painting.)
- (Say that the pictures you took there look like you traveled to the 11th century.)
Your foreign friend is going to Kyoto soon. He’s/She’s really into history. Give your friend suggestions about where to visit in Kyoto.
- it feels like…
- go back in time
Discuss your ideas.
TOWNS AND DISTRICTS
2TOWNS AND DISTRICTS
I can explain about a historic area.
LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT
Could complete the task with ease
Could complete the task with some clarifications
Could complete the task with additional instructions
Could somehow complete the task with difficulty
the ability to use a wide variety of vocabulary
the ability to speak correctly
the ability to speak smoothly without pauses or fillers
the ability to speak logically and at length