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What does he compare Tokyo to?
a) New York
b) London
c) Paris
Where will does he say people will talk to you in Osaka?
a) The train
b) The shops
c) The street
What famous people often come from Osaka in Japan?
a) Politicians
b) Comedians
c) Singers
How does he describe the people in Tokyo?
a) Hard
b) Warm
c) Cool
What cities does he think Tokyo and Osaka are similar to?
a) Moscow - Venezia
b) London - Rome
c) Berlin - Milan
 
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Todd: Kawabe, can you explain the difference, or compare, Tokyo and Osaka?
Kawabe: Tokyo and Osaka? OK, I think that Tokyo is like New York City and Osaka is, like where?
It's like, I guess it's like, OK, let's say, little Irish city.
Todd: A little Irish city?
Kawabe: I'm just imagining. Maybe this is the wrong example, but um, you know, people are so friendly.
This is what I want to say, and people, the relationship in Osaka between each, between, you
know people, are so close, very very closer than Tokyo one and people are so friendly, you
know, for example when buy something at the shop, where ever it is, someone's gonna talk to
you. "Hey, where are you from? What do you want to buy? and this is better than this. You
better take this one."
Todd: Mm, that's nice!
Kawabe: Yeah, in Tokyo nobody will tell you know this kind of thing in the shop, you know, it's a
weird thing in this big city.
Todd: That is strange. Why do you think people are different in Tokyo than Osaka? They're only,
you know, 500..

Kawabe: People don't care about each other in Tokyo. It's like New York City (Yeah) and, you know,
there are too many people to deal with, to, you know, so in Osaka it's a big city but it's
always, it's also, at the same times like a huge village.
Todd: Mm, that's a good point. (Yeah) A huge village!
Kawabe: And in Tokyo, nobody speaks with a dialect (Oh) but in Osaka everybody speaks the same
language, I mean that Osaka dialect. That is why I think they are feeling the same kind of
tie. Some kind of ...!
Todd: Bond!
Kawabe: Yeah, with each other, so and we call it Osaka-ben in Japanese, Osaka's dialect, and that way of
talking is always like very funny, always like sometimes noisy, but it's lovely dialect. You know,
everybody likes it, so the most of the famous comedian in Japan, on every kind of, any kind of TV
show are from Osaka. In Japan, most of the famous comedians are always from Osaka. Yeah, so, it's
a big difference. The, OK, simply, character in Tokyo is cold, the people are cool, you know, stay cool.
You don't show your emotion very much. You've got to be very, very, like, decent, square, and
you've got to act cool. This is what you have to be in Tokyo, but in Osaka, you just, you know, anything
goes. You can do whatever you want to do. You can be whoever you want to be and then, you know, people
are wild and free and cheerful, lovely and it looks like they are enjoying the life, like an Italian,
like Italian, yes! I think this is a good example. It's like Moscow and Venezia, or Moscow and Napoli
or, you know, North Korea, Pyongyang and Rome. It's like this.
Todd: Yeah! Wow!
Kawabe: People are so different.
Todd: Interesting. Interesting observation.
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