Q19# Making discussion questions

So you’re presenting on food as an example. What discussion questions would you make related to it?

For example; “Do you think foreigners would be attracted to this kind of food? Why or why not?”

Any good questions?



16 Responses to “Q19# Making discussion questions”

  1. Luri Enoki Says:

    Do you think the foreigners always choose food considering their health? Why or why not?

  2. kasmersensei Says:

    That is an interesting question. But do Japanese ‘always’ think about their health when choosing food?

  3. kasmersensei Says:

    Or I was surprised when pretty much everyone in the class could not think of why people like castles (I suppose for me it’s easier as I love going to see castles, especially versus churches for example). As I mentioned, interests in history and architecture are two main reasons, any other ones?

    And what kinds of people are least interested in visiting castles; young/old, men/women, etc?

  4. Asako Ochiai Says:

    food presenting:
    Do foreigners see the safety in producing foods as important fact?
    Do they care where the area of the production?
    Do they think about using season ingredient?

    Another reason people go visit castles is to get a fact that they saw a famous building. Some people would come to Japan for a certain purpose and stop by the castle cause it is famous. People tend to feel like to see famous things so that they get satisfied with the fact they saw it, and tell that others.

    I assume that teen agers are least interested in the castles. People in that age pay more attention to “cool” things such as speedy and fashionable.

  5. Seri Okagawa Says:

    Which one is more preferred by foreigners, price or safeness?

    I think less educated people are least interested in visiting castles, because we usually know the existence of castles at first in history classes of elementary school or junior high school.So, people who have not experienced that might not be interested in castles.

    In fact, People who visit casltes might have interest in history and architecture of castles. But most of people just go there because it is the famous tourist attractions.

  6. Mariko Ogata Says:

    1. Do you think it is possible to promote specific food to someone who has different taste?
    2. What is the most important factor when foreigners decide to buy the food?

    I think people who live in rural area are least interested in visiting castles compared to people who live in urban area. There are small schools and universities in rural area. Compared to big schools and universities, they have fewer classes. It means students who go to such a small schools and universities have lesser opportunity than those of big schools. Therefore, people who live in rural area have less opportunity to study Japan and castles.

  7. Masumi Nakazawa Says:

    Q1. Why does the orientation toward decreasing wights among most Japanese women and girls compared to the other countries?

    -ex. They (involving me) are bothered too much about their style and choosing food which have low colories.

  8. kasmersensei Says:

    Students ,

    I was hoping to get other discussion questions, mine on on food were only examples.

    Thanks for the castle answers, I do know a lot of Japanese people go to famous sites, not sure that the percentages are as high for other nationalities.

    In my case, I only went to see the castle in Hiroshima, because the people I was with wanted to see it, otherwise I wouldn’t have bothered (as most of it was destroyed, and the little that is left is restored with modern concrete, not materials similar to the original ones). The castle in Kyoto is famous, as well as the one in Himeji (the latter I haven’t seen yet). But many people would see them not only because they’re famous, but they are primarily in their original conditions, in other words not modern replicas like Osaka and Hiroshima castles. Matsumoto castle in Matsumoto, Nagano is another good example of a restored castle, but it’s quite a bit smaller, almost a keep rather than a castle.

  9. kasmersensei Says:


    Masumi said How does the trend toward decreasing rights of most Japanese women compare to changes in women’s rights in other countries (reworded for clarity)?

    Is your presentation going to be covering women’s rights in Japan as compared to other countries?

    If not, I’m not sure how useful this question might be, unless you feel it relates to why some people may not come to Japan.

  10. Eiko Aizawa Says:

    In my group we will introduce Japanese fashion, so I made a discussion question related with that.

    1. Why does Japanese fashion become so famous in only Asian countries such as China and Korea? How about Europe or other countries?

    2. What kind of fashion do you think the best to promote Japan? (kimono, non-no fashion or another fashion?)

    I think the reason why people visit castles is partly because some of them are registered as world heritage or other special certification. Actually some castles apply to UNESCO for that to increasing visitors.

    (I’m sorry for my poor English grammer because today I have bad cold)

  11. yuna terasawa Says:

    would foreigners be more interested in learning about the background of the festivals or would they rather just enjoy it?(japanese festival group)

  12. tomokazu tarui Says:

    why is japanese fashion seen specific and where is specific?

    how much do foreigner take cost to buy their clothes?

    Do you think japanese is good sense in fashion?

  13. Karin Shimada Says:

    There are many multinational corporations all over the world.
    I think we should corporate with them to promote Japan.
    For example, I’m thinking of using Macdonald to inform customers about Japan. Therefore, disscussion question is “What companies should we corporate to promote Japan and how to promote?”

  14. yu kawane Says:

    I also would like to discuss the same topic above,.
    “what kind of company could be our partner?” and “why?”

  15. Koji Fujita Says:

    Does Asian people want to wear Japanese fashion?

    Can Japanese fashion really attract Asian people?

  16. kasmersensei Says:

    Tomokazu posted

    “why is japanese fashion seen specific and where is specific?

    how much do foreigner take cost to buy their clothes?

    Do you think japanese is good sense in fashion?”

    I think grammar is ‘getting in the way’ of understanding these questions.

    The first I assume is meant to be, ” What is Japanese fashion as opposed to Asian fashion?

    The second, ” How much does the cost of the garments influence foreigners when they buy clothes?” ( I believe this will be difficult to answer unless you talk about specific countries/regions).

    The third, “Do Japanese fashion designers have good sense?” might be an unneeded question.

    Karin and Yu posted similar questions about which companies to work with. This is a particularly tricky area as might one ask, should the Culture Ministry be only working with Japanese companies and/or companies that display Japanese values (whether Japanese or not)?

    Also, what should be the relation of the company to what we do (i.e. if we’re promoting food, should it be a food company)?

    Koji asked,

    “Does Asian people want to wear Japanese fashion?

    Can Japanese fashion really attract Asian people?”

    I think these questions are interrelated. As to attracting Asian people, you need to ask for what (to buy the clothes, to copy the deisgns, to come to Japan, etc)?

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