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"Railway in Gifu Launches New Food Model-Themed Train"

Learn Japanese from the News

Broadcast on October 30, 2023 Available until October 29, 2024

Welcome to "Learn Japanese from the News." In this program we learn Japanese and more about Japan from news stories presented in simple Japanese. Today's headline is "Railway in Gifu Launches New Food Model-Themed Train" which was published on NEWS WEB EASY's website on August 30, 2023. Keywords include「鉄道(てつどう)tetsudoo」"railway" and「食品サンプル(しょくひんさんぷる)shokuhin-sanpuru」"food model."



"Railway in Gifu Launches New Food Model-Themed Train"

Welcome to "Learn Japanese from the News."
Join us as we learn Japanese and about the country through Japanese news stories. Today's headline is…

長良川(ながらがわ)鉄道(てつどう) 「食品(しょくひん)サンプル」を楽(たの)しむ列車(れっしゃ)が走(はし)る
"Railway in Gifu Launches New Food Model-Themed Train"
This news story was published on NEWS WEB EASY's website on August 30th.
Now let's go over some vocab words that will help us understand what's going on.
food model
This term refers to plastic replicas of food that are commonly found in restaurant displays across Japan.
This is an abbreviation that stands for "social networking service."
Let's keep these words in mind as we listen.
In August, the Nagaragawa Railway in Gifu Prefecture started running a theme train decorated with plastic food models that were made locally in Gujo City.

Now we'll break down a few sentences from the story that contain helpful expressions and keywords.
Let's start with the following sentence:
"Nagaragawa Railway in Gifu Prefecture has been running a train decorated with realistic-looking food models since August."
Let's talk about the word よう in the phrase 食(た)べ物(もの)のように見(み)える.
よう has multiple uses, and one is to express similarity. We can use it to describe the condition or appearance of something by likening it to something else. For example, 鉄(てつ)のように硬(かた)いプラスチック, which means "plastic that is as hard as iron."
When we use よう, we're aware that the two things we're comparing are not literally the same. We're simply saying that they are comparable in certain respects.
So in our story the phrase 本当(ほんとう)の食(た)べ物(もの)のように見(み)える implies that the speaker knows the plastic food models aren't actual food, even though they look ultra-realistic.
OK, let's move on to the following sentence.
"Train times can be found on the company's social media."
SNS is the abbreviation we use in Japanese to refer to social media platforms.
Now, Japanese is mostly written using three types of characters: ひらがな、カタカナ, and 漢字(かんじ). But you'll occasionally see the Roman alphabet being used.
Often it's for expressions that are based on English words but were actually coined in Japan.
For example, there's the abbreviation TPO, which is used to say that people should act and dress in a way that is appropriate for the "time, place, and occasion."
Another example is NG, which is short for "no good." It's used to say that something is "inappropriate" or "unacceptable."
OK, that's all for today.
These days many eateries have printed menus with photos of their dishes, but it's still fairly common to see restaurant displays lined with rows of food models that look good enough to eat. It's part of the fun of eating out in Japan.
Yep. Alright, be sure to tune in next time for more!

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