5th International Education Lecture 国際交流サロン第5回

Happy New Year! This is Steven from Seika. This article will be about the 5th lecture in my series, which was on Thursday, December 5th at the Seika Town Office. The topic for December was the 50 states of the U.S.

明けましておめでとうございます!精華町のスティーブンです。12月5日(木)に精華町役場で開催された国際交流サロンの第5回「米国50州」をご紹介します。

Japan has almost as many prefectures (47) as the U.S. does states, and each prefecture boasts some kind of famous attraction or product. For instance, Aomori Prefecture is known for its apples, and Oita Prefecture is famous for hot springs. I wanted to show people that all of the states in America also have their own claims to fame, and to talk about how different all of the states are.

日本には米国の州の数に近い47都道府県があり、それぞれがみどころや名物を持っています。例えば、青森県といえばリンゴ、大分県といえば温泉を思い浮かべる人が多いのではないかと思います。なぜこの講座を企画したかというと、米国の州にもそれぞれ有名なところがあることを紹介し、州の多様性について説明したいと思ったからです。

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Rhode Island’s Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in North America ロードアイランド州にある北アメリカ最も古いシナゴグ(ユダヤ教会)

I presented the 50 states in alphabetical order. For each state, I showed a map highlighting its location within the country and talked about the state’s total area, population and racial statistics as of last census, nickname, largest city, and capital. Then I gave a brief overview of the state where I talked about what the state is known for. From the participants’ reactions, I got the impression that they knew many of America’s landmarks, but often didn’t know which state they were in. For instance, the Grand Canyon seems quite well-known in Japan; the state of Arizona, in which it is located, does not.

50州は、アルファベット順で発表しました。各州の地図・面積・人口や人種統計・愛称・最大都市・州都・有名なことなどについて紹介しました。参加者の反応から判断すると、米国の名所を多くご存じでもどの州にあるのか分からない気がしました。例えば、日本ではグランドキャニオンは広く知られているがそれがアリゾナ州にあることは知られていないようです。

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Grand Canyon グランドキャニオン

After I had talked about each of the 50 states, there was a short discussion. Participants’ questions focused more on American federalism (i.e. the relationship between the federal government and the states) rather than individual states.

各州について話した後、質疑応答や意見交換を行いました。参加者の関心はそれぞれの州よりも、米国の連邦制度(すなわち、政府と州の関係)にあるようでした。

That concludes the lectures for 2013. Hope to see you all again this year!

昨年の講座はこれが最後です。今年もよろしくお願いいたします!

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