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歴史の人物について話そう

Talking about a famous historical person
あなたは、歴史上の人物について話しています。
自国、他国の文化とその背景に関する知識を持ち、それについて話し合いましょう。
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Who is your favorite historical person?
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Who is your favorite historical person?

My favorite historical person is Hijikata Toshizo who was a member of Shinsen-Gumi which was one of renowned samurai groups fighting against Sonno Joi party. In fact, I also like the other members of the group. Sonno Joi party was the principle of advocating reverence for the Emperor and the expulsion of foreigners. In other words, Shinsen Gumi was trying to remain Edo shogunate. While there were many disorders like conspiracies, he became the coldest than anyone else and unified a lot of samurai as Shinsen Gumi. He was called "oni", meaning damon.

自然な表現

My favorite historical person is Hijikata Toshizo who was a member of Shinsen-Gumi which was one of the renowned samurai groups fighting against Sonno Joi party. In fact, I also like the other members of the group. Sonno Joi party was the principle of advocating reverence for the Emperor and the expulsion of foreigners. In other words, Shinsen Gumi was trying to preserve Edo shogunate. While there were many disorders like conspiracies, he became colder than anyone else and unified a lot of samurai as Shinsen Gumi. He was called "oni", meaning demon.

1. add 'the' to refer to those specific groups
2. preserve means 'save' and this fits the context better
3. use comparatives when there is 'than'
4. the spelling is 'demon'
Okay, he must have been a great person. It sounds like he was a fighter too. Please tell me more about his achievements.

Yes, he was a fighter too. In fact, he wasn't a leader of the group, but a Vice President and supported the President, Kondo Isami greatly. He took an unpopular role himself and always kept discipline by imposing very strict rules.
Actually, I hadn't known him and their stories well untill I watched Japanese animation of it. When I watched it, I couldn't help but cry because they almost devoted their lives to fighting and died with a strong will to protect Edo shogunate. I was impressed in their way of living.

自然な表現

Yes, he was a fighter too. In fact, he wasn't a leader of the group, but a Vice President and supported the President, Kondo Isami greatly. He took an unpopular role himself and always kept discipline by imposing very strict rules.
Actually, I hadn't known him and their stories well until I watched a Japanese animation about it. When I watched it, I couldn't help but cry because they almost devoted their lives to fighting and died with a strong will to protect Edo shogunate. I was impressed by their way of living.

1. the spelling is 'until'
2. add 'a' to refer to one animation mentioned for the first time
3. there can be an animation ABOUT something
4. one can be impressed BY something
Do you think that the animation is an accurate portrayal of what really happened? It sounds like the information you saw in the animation was different from what you had studied.

Actually, it's sometimes different. This is because this animation was made for girls who like romance. Therefor, the romance between Hijikata and a woman is portrayed, which is not historically true. Moreover, one of the members tried to create monsters from dead bodies in order to use them for the fight. As I'm saying myself, it sounds funny, but I think they all give good spice to the story. It sometimes happens for girls to get interested in the history by watching some animations.

自然な表現

Actually, it's sometimes different. This is because this animation was made for girls who like romance. Therefore, the romance between Hijikata and a woman is portrayed, which is not historically true. Moreover, one of the members tried to create monsters from dead bodies in order to use them for the fight. As I'm saying to myself, it sounds funny, but I think they all give good spice to the story. It sometimes happens for girls to get interested in history by watching some animations.

1. the spelling is 'therefore'
2. one can say something TO someone. 'say' requires 'to' before the indirect object
3. erase 'the' as it is not needed when you refer to history in general
It is a truly great way to get as many people interested in history as possible. Do you think it is healthy to portray historical figures in this way though? Have any other historical figures been made into animes or movies?

In my opinion, there is no problem to portray historical figures in this way. Mostly people start to purely be interested in the history instead of totally believing the one who is portrayed just for the animation. Maybe sometimes it is portrayed in the harmful way for the young, but in this case the producer should show a sign of restriction for them.
Yes, so many figures have been made into animes, movies or TV series. I feel like TV series of the history are made often, and Japanese people love them.

自然な表現

In my opinion, there is no problem to portray historical figures in this way. Most people start to purely be interested in history instead of totally believing the one who is portrayed just for the animation. Maybe sometimes it is portrayed in a harmful way for the young, but in this case, the producer should show a sign of restriction for them.
Yes, so many figures have been made into anime, movies or TV series. I feel like TV series about history are made often, and Japanese people love them.

1. most people means 'majority' of people
2. erase 'the' as it is not needed when you refer to history in general
3. add 'a' to refer to one such way mentioned for the first time
4. 'anime' is a foreign word so it should not have an 's' ending
5. there can be series ABOUT a certain topic
Do you know of any historical people who are not from your country? If so, what do you know about them?

I know Aldolf Hitler, who was the most merciless figure in the history. He lived in cataclysmic times from 1889 to 1945. It is said that he killed himself. However, there is another story that he might have escaped to South America and lived up to ninety five years old.
He totally believed that white people was the best race in the world and should not be mixed with other blood. This was related to his policy to persecute Jews. I said that he lived in cataclysmic times earlier, but it was him that got the world into cataclysmic times.

自然な表現

I know Adolf Hitler, who was the most merciless figure in history. He lived in cataclysmic times from 1889 to 1945. It is said that he killed himself. However, there is another story that he might have escaped to South America and lived up to ninety-five years old.
He totally believed that white people were the best race in the world and should not be mixed with other blood. This was related to his policy to persecute Jews. I said that he lived in cataclysmic times earlier, but it was him that got the world into cataclysmic times.

1. his name was 'Adolf'
2. erase 'the' as it is not needed when you refer to history in general
3. numbers from 21-99 must have a hyphen
4. use 'were' after plural nouns
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  • intriguing(興味深い)
  • era(時代・年代)
  • influential(影響力の大きい)
  • overseas(海外,海外で)
  • My dissertation for the graduation project was about 〜(卒業プロジェクトの最終論文は〜について書きました。)
  • be motivated by 〜(〜により、モチベーションがある)
  • despite the fact that 〜(〜とういう事実にもかかわらず)
  • There are many unique aspects of Japanese history(日本には多くの独特な歴史がある)
  • If I could travel through time, I would like to 〜(もしタイムトラベルできたら、〜したい)

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