実践ビジネス英語 2020/10/9 L11 (6) Vanishing Professions消えゆく職業





実践ビジネス英語 2020/10/9 L11 (6) Vanishing Professions
消えゆく職業
In the current vignette, we talked about secretaries, typists and other professions that are on their way out. But I miss the ones that have totally disappeared from our local scenes, the criers or itinerant peddlers who hawked their wares as they traveled from block to block. My favorites were the vendors who sold natto, tofu and shellfish. I would lie in bed half-asleep in the wee hours and my father would call out, “Satoshi, there goes our breakfast. Get up and chase them.” Fresh natto and miso soup with tofu or asari were our staple foods. That was when I was in elementary school in the Nihombashi area in the heart of Tokyo back in the early 1950s.
on one’s way out
crier 呼び売り商人
itinerant peddler 行商人
hawk 呼び売りする、売り歩く、行商する
ware(s) 商品
vendor(s) 街頭で物を売る人
wee hours 明け方前、夜中すぎ
staple food 主食
You know, that’s one reason why I would love to have a time machine. Sure, it would be great to meet famous people from the past and witness momentous events. But I’d also like to experience the details of everyday life that are now gone. I’d like to go shopping 50, 100, 150 years ago. To eat in a restaurant, travel on a train, go to a hair salon. What did different areas sound like back then? What did they smell like?
witness 目撃する
gone 過ぎ去った、過去の

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