The Government Promotes Minsyuku Services

The sentences below are my thoughts and a summary of an article from an English newspaper named “The Japan Times.”


Do you know about a type of guest house which is popular nowadays? We call a guest house ‘minsyuku’ in Japan. A minsyuku service is that of home sharing on a short-term basis, and it is loved by short-term travelers around the world.

The national government in Japan hopes that by expanding it, hotel shortages in Tokyo will be alleviated. The minsyuku service is expected to take the role of conventional business hotels for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In 2016, Otaku Ward promoted it based on the Airbnb model. Airbnb is a very popular website or application providing short stays for visitors.

What do you think about the minsyuku service? Have you used it? I have never used it, but I’d like to use it when I go on a trip domestic and international as well. In my opinion, the best thing about it is that its hotel charges are cheap, so it is very convenient for persons who have little money like me. However, if I were in Otaku Ward, I would worry about worsening security resulted from many people from other countries.


Hanako:
Hey, Ken. Did you read this article? The title is “The Government Promotes Minsyuku Services.” Reading it, I felt like going on a trip. I will have been with you for one year in a few days! Let’s travel abroad to celebrate our first anniversary.

Taro:
Well… I don’t have enough money to travel, you know. So please give up on it.

Hanako:
No problem. If we stay at a guest house, we can keep expenses low. And according to the news yesterday, the Japanese yen is stronger compared to U.S. dollars, so we can benefit if we go to America.

Taro:
Let me read that article. Ummm… certainly, the hotel charges of guest houses are very reasonable, but I worry about their security. You know, fatal shootings have happened in America. Also in February of this year, a mass shooting happened at a school, killing four teachers and twenty children before the culprit committed suicide. In this year, no fewer than 18 shooting incidents have happened!

Hanako:
That’s terrible. Well, why don’t we change where we go? I wanna go to Canada. Canada bears a close resemblance to America, and it looks much safer than America. Canada has strict gun control, so it should be safer.

David:
Hi, Taro and Hanako. What are you talking about?

Taro & Hanako:
Hello, David.

David:
I heard you talking about Canada. I’m from Canada, you know. If you wanna know about it, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Hanako:
We wanna go abroad, but we can’t decide where to go. Just now, Canada was suggested.

David:
Great. Canada is a good place, so you should go there at least once.

Taro:
What do you recommend for sightseeing in Canada?

David:
You must go to Banff National Park. It is a very beautiful national park which has great scenery.

Hanako:
That sounds great. Oh, you know what? I saw a tall tower in Canada on the television. What’s the name, again?

David:
Maybe the name is the CN tower.

Taro:
Is it taller than Tokyo Tower? I lived in a place close to Tokyo Tower and a few days ago I went to see Tokyo Skytree. So I’m tired of towers.What is the CN Tower like? Now, I’ll look up pictures of it on the Internet to see how it looks. Oh… I don’t feel like going to see it because it is similar to Tokyo Tower. The only difference between the two is color.

Hanako:
You’re always complaining!

David:
Hahaha. How about Yellowknife? You can see dreamy, beautiful aurora there!

Taro:
What is it like? I don’t wanna use a YELLOW KNIFE because it doesn’t sound cool. That’s lame! Knives should be silver, shouldn’t they?

Hanako:
You’re such a comedian!