基礎英語3-本文 2018-12月-暗記 L113-128
What are you planning to do for the holidays?
I’ll be studying for my entrance exams, of course. You too, right?
Well yes, but I have to take a break once in a while. Let’s have a party! Something like the full moon potluck would be fun.
OK! Then, why don’t we have another one?
I mean something like the potluck party, but different. Then how about a karaoke party?
No, something unique.
I want something refreshing. So, something unique but simple would be great.
Then, let’s ask Yota to organize the party. He likes fun things. Also, he will get a sports scholarship, so he doesn’t have to worry that much about exams.
That’s a great idea! Wow, look at that. Satoyama Ravine is covered in thick clouds.
It’s probably snowing up there.
It’s been great talking about this, Sho. I’ll see you in class.
Same here, Miki. I’ll talk to Yota later today. See you in class!
Hey, Sho. Today, we had snow at Satoyama Ravine for the first time this year!
Yeah. I was running with Miki when I saw the snow clouds.
It’s not like that. She wanted to talk about having a party.
Sho, if you’re alone with Miki, you need to tell her how you feel about her.
I, I guess. So, anyway, about the party, could you organize it?
Sure. Sounds like fun. But I’ll need you to find the place.
No problem. I’ll take care of it.
Hi, Miki. I understand you want to have a party. I’ll put things together.
Thanks! I hear you’re getting a sports scholarship. Congratulations!
Thanks. So, what kind of a party do you want to have?
Mmm… I want a simple party, so we can enjoy ourselves without thinking about exams.
Mmm… I know! What about a costume party? It’s fun, it’s different, and I know a good place where we can get costumes.
OK, then! Let’s invite as many people as we can! The more, the merrier!
You got it!
So, Naoki… Yumi asked me to talk to you.
I figured you two were friends.
How did you know?
You are a landscape photographer. Yumi works for a travel magazine, so I thought you two already knew each other. Yumi didn’t want you to tell me, right?
Yumi was the first editor I worked with in Japan. It’s thanks to her that my work was published here. She’s done so much for me. I don’t want to see her so sad. I want her to be happy again.
Thank you, David. Me, too.
My father works for an event management firm. I asked if they could rent costumes for cheap. Let’s go there and try some costumes on!
What do you two think of my Santa Claus costume?
If you stuff your stomach, it’ll work well. What about mine?
You look perfect in a pirate costume, Miki! By the way, why do I get the reindeer costume? Besides, if I put the reindeer mask on, no one will know it’s me.
Because it cute, Sho.
Yeah, all the girls will love it. Now, all we need is a place that’s big and cheap to rent.
I see. So, Mom and David are friends. That’s why he asked me if I wanted to meet her.
He told me about your mother. If she can become happy again, we can become happy again.
Yeah. I think so, too. That’s why I asked you if I could meet Mom. I want to solve our family’s problems, too.
The first step is to make her want to return to Satoyama.
Yeah…oh, I have an idea! We are organizing a costume party. I want to talk about it with you and David.
So, Mr. Aoki, were you able to come up with any ideas for regional development? I’d like to improve our town’s economy.
I am confident I can do that. However, I need a bit more time. I want to see what this town is like in the winter.
There’s nothing. The town ran a big hotel, but after the ski boom ended, we had to close it down.
But you still have other hotels, right?
Yes, but they’re very small. Mr. Aoki, Id like to give my people something to dream about.
Don’t give your people dreams. Give them goals, goals they can achieve.
So, about the party, how about having it at my ryokan?
At your ryokan?
Yeah. There’s a big hall that can fit a lot of people.
A costume party at a ryokan? I’m not sure…
I think it’s a great idea! It’s unique, so everyone who comes will remember it. Also, I can ask Grandma to rent it out for cheap. Cheap is good. Also, if our families find out the famous Sato Yoko will be hosting the party, they’ll definitely come.
Well, you’re the organizer, Yota. Do what you feel is best.
OK, that’s two goals I can achieve in one night! Let’s do it.
Grandma, can I ask you something?
It’s about the costume party, right? Your father told me. Feel free to use the big event hall.
Thanks! Now, about the cost….
As long as you clean it up, you can use it for free. It’s my Christmas present for you, Sho.
Thank you, Grandma. There’s one more thing. If you’re inviting many people, I want to see photographs of all their smiling faces on our website. David can take the pictures.
Great! I’ll tell everyone. I want you to dress up too, Grandma.
Of course! I want to be a vampire.
Sounds great! I’ll get you a costume and a mask.
Hi Mom. It’s Sho. I got your e-mail address from Dad. We are going to have a costume party, and I’d like you to come. Everyone is coming with their families. I’ll send you a costume and an invitation. I really hope you can make it. Love, Sho.
Dad, David, I just sent the e -mail to Mom.
Great! I’ll give her a call and ask her to come.
I’ll contact her, too.
If all three of us invite her, I’m sure she will come!
Look, Miki! If you wear that blue dress, you’ll look like that snow princess.
Grandma, Yota will take care of the costumes.
You don’t want to wear a pre-made costume. I’ll buy that dress, and sew some snow crystals on it.
Great, but it’s too grown-up for me. Can we find something else?
Fine, then I’ll wear it. Excuse me. How much is the blue dress hanging over there?
OK. Then can you give me a discount on the dress and Mimiko this 2,000 yen shawl? Say, 5,000 yen fo everything?
Uhm…I don’t think so.
Yumi, I believe Sho sent you an invitation to a costume party. It’s a party for families, so I want you to come, too.
I don’t want to see Mom.
Sho told me he sent you a costume with a mask, so you can hide your face. Please come, Yumi. You told me you regretted not attending Mari’s high school graduation. Don’t make the same mistake twice.
You’re right. And, you know, I was happy to find an invitation and a costume from Sho.
If you come, it will help Sho study for his exams.
OK. You win. I’ll do it for Sho. But no one must know I’m going to be there.
Sorry, Sho. I’ve been such a bad mother.
Don’t apologize, Mom. I’m sorry I never thanked you for the birthday cards you sent me every year. David told me he’s working on a traveling book with you now. We look good in our matching costumes, huh?
I hope everyone’s having a good time! It’s now time for the gift exchange.
Santa and his reindeer will give each of you a present in random order.
Mom, I want you to give this present to the person in the vampire costume. Nobody knows it’s you behind the reindeer mask, so don’t worry. Let’s go together.
Sho, the reindeer who gave me a present…why do I feel like I know her?
Ms. Vampire, why are you just standing around talking to reindeer? It’s time for you and the snow princess to sing a duet.
That’s a great idea. Please sing something, Grandma!
OK, but only because you want me to. Mimiko, do you remember the dance moves?
Here you are. I’ve been looking fo you, Mom.
Sho, look outside the window. Snow is falling really slowly. Satoyama will become a winter wonderland tomorrow.
Mom, thank you so much for doing this.
Yota, Sho, thank you both so much. Everyone had a great time.
Everyone really loved the costumes, Yota.
I liked your idea about making your own sushi rolls at the party, Sho. Everyone really enjoyed it.
Hi, Sho! What did you think of my fairy costume?
I…I think it was fairy cute.
Oh, you’re so funny! You see, Yota. I told you he’d like it.
I think tonight was one of the best nights of my life.
It was such a great party. There, we had fun and could relax. Now, we can focus on our exams.
Good luck, everyone!
Let’s do it!