B : Please have a seat.
Yes, thank you.
A : Could you tell us your name and where you're from?
Good afternoon. My name is .... I'm from Beppu City, Oita Prefecture.
A : Beppu. Beppu ... you'll find lots of souvenirs. What kind of souvenirs do you find at Beppu Airport?
Unfortunately, there's no Beppu Airport, but there's Oita Airport.
A : Yes, and what about souvenirs?
Dried sashimi ...
A,B : Dried sashimi?
And bottles of "shochu". "Shochu" is distilled alcoholic beverage.
A : Can you buy such things at convenience stores?
Oh, yes. You can buy "shochu" and sake, fermented alcoholic beverage, at convenience stores and liquor stores.
A : There are so many convenience stores around, they're convenient, aren't they?
Yes, they're convenient. They're open 24 hours, and they sell a varietyof products such as box lunches, bread, soft drinks, alocoholic drinks, and magazines.
A : Yes, many people read the magazines, huh?
For free. It's annoying for the shop owners. Young people should stop that.
A : What is "tanabata"?
"Tanabata", or star festival, is a celebration of the once-a-year meeting of two lovers, "Kengyu" and "Shokujo". In modern Japan, adults and children celebrate the festival by decorating bamboo stems with colored pieces of paper on which wishes have been written.
A : It falls on July 7, right?
Oh, yes. Thank you for your assistance. It is celebrated on July 7.
A : It's a lucky day, with two sevens in it, isn't it?
Yes, most Japanese like the number seven. But as you may know, there are also unlucky numbers. The number 4 and 9 are considered to be unlucky numbers. Do you know why?
A : Ah, yes. Seven is a more lucky number. What was the date today ... September 21? That's it for today. Thank you.
Thank you for your time.