エンジョイ・シンプル・イングリッシュ 2018/8/6 L86 The Tottori Sand Dunes
6 月 The Tottori Sand Dunes
Welcome to enjoy simple English.
take a picture 写真をとる
sand dune(s) 砂漠
not – at all 全然〜ない。全く〜ない
right by - 〜のすぐそば
shaky 揺れる, shake 揺れる
over there むこう
Horse’s Back 馬の背
fly a kite たこあげ
disappear 消える , appear
by mistake 間違えて、誤って
That’s why そんなわけで～だ、だから～なのだ、～はそのせいだ
each time - 〜する時は、いつも
step on ～を踏む、～を踏みつける
blow away 吹き飛ばす
during the day 昼間
at night 夜に
smooth [smúːð] 滑らかな、平らな
reset oneself 初心に帰る、リセットする、セットし直す
Ben, let’s take a picture.
Ah, okay. But why?
Because we’re in a place with a woderful view. Look at this. Everywhere we look, it’s sand, sand and more sand. Isn’t it magical?
I’m Ben. Today, Akito and I are in Tottori Prefecture. Akito says there is a place in Tottori that we just have to go to. But…
The Tottori Sand Dunes are the largest sand dunes that we can visit in Japan.
Hey, aren’t you interested at all?
Well, I’ve been seen many sand dunes before, and.. hey, is that the ocean? Wow. This view is great.
That’s one of the best things about the Tottori Sand Dunes. They are right by the ocean, so you can enjoy both views.
You’re right. The two views are so different. Over here it looks like the desert, and over there it looks like a Hawaiian beach.
I hear that more than one million people visit here every year.
Huh? What was that?
It’s a camel. You can ride a camel on the dunes.
I’ve been to sand dunes before, but I have never ridden a camel. Let’s try it.
Whoa. It’s shaky.
Yeah, and camels are really tall. I can see so far from here.
Over there, you can see a famous sand dune called the Horse’s Back. It 47 meters high.
Wow. Climbing it must be a lot of work.
Yeah. I can see people resting on the sand.
Hey, people over there are sliding down the sand hill.
And over there, people are flying kites.
Some people just like to sit on the sand and enjoy the view.
So each person have the own way of enjoying the sand dunes.
Hey, why is there a rope around that pond? It says, Do not enter.
They are protecting a type of beetle that lives in the sand.
Yes. The beetles are very rare and starting to disappear from the sand dunes.
Do the tourist catch them and take them home?
No. People sometimes step on their nests by mistake and destroy them.
Ah, so that’s why you can’t go in there.
The wind from the ocean feels so nice.
The wind creates patterns on the sand. Each time the wind blows, they change, so you can enjoy many different patterns.
Wow. It’s a work of art created by nature.
That’s right. Many people step on the sand during the day. Then, at night, the wind blows away all the footprints, and the sand is smooth in the morning.
So the sand dunes reset themselves every day.
Akito, we should do the same. Relax, reset and restart every day, just like the sand dunes.
Sure, but Ben, aren’t you always relaxing?