Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Completely befuddled by the array of unfamiliar vegetables, meats, and other produce that you see, you are happy your roommate has decided to take you on your first trip to the Japanese market. You ask him, in Japanese, "What's this?" He replies in Japanese, "That's daikon; I'm not sure what to call it in any other language." Walking a bit further, you ask again in Japanese, "What's that?" He happily answers in Japanese, "Oh, that's fresh salmon for sushi and sashimi. Don't look at that. It's really good, but it's very expensive, and we can't afford it." "Oh, too bad. I like salmon. Why can't we just get a little bit?" Your roommate answers in Japanese, "Oh, it's wonderful, but it's so very expensive, we cannot afford to buy more than enough to make two little pieces of sushi or sashimi." Seeing his logic, you finally agree, eager to continue your questions in Japanese, "What's that over there?" Your Japanese roommate answers, "That's seaweed." A little confused as to why it's in a grocery store, you ask in Japanese, "Seaweed? What do we do with seaweed?" Your friend laughs and replies in Japanese, "We eat it, in a variety of ways. You've eaten it. Don't you remember?" Totally grossed out and absolutely positive he has no idea what he is talking about now, you answer in Japanese, "No, I don't remember. I don't think I like seaweed. How would I forget eating something like that?!" Thrilled to prove you wrong yet again, he answers confidently in Japanese, "Don't you remember the other night when we ate at the restaurant? The little morsels wrapped in green?" Surprised by the crystal clear memory of the tasty little treats, you reply in Japanese, "That was seaweed? Well, in that case, I do like seaweed. Let's get some Japanese seaweed."
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