B： Hello. Please have a seat.
B： May I have your name?
My name is ….
B： Where do you live?
I live in Kitakyushu.
B： You live in Kitakyushu City, right?
A： Now, Mr. …, please let me ask you something about Japanese culture.
A： Please tell me about “genkan.”
You don’t know “genkan.” “Genkan” is an entrance hall of a house. You have to take off your shoes there when you visit a house, I mean, when you visit a Japanese-style house.
A： If we don’t take off our shoes, what will you do?
I’ll ask you to take off your shoes.
A： I see. So we have to take off our shoes whenever we visit your house.
You are right.
A： Next question. Why do Japanese people tend to socialize outside the home instead of at home?
Because as you probably know, Japanese houses are very small and narrow. So we cannot invite many people to our houses. So we get together outside, for example, in the restaurants or tea rooms.
A： I see. Then you don’t invite your friends to your house.
Well, I’d like to, but as I said before, our house is very small and we can’t prepare food and drink for many people. And so, we get together outside for chatting and socializing.
A： OK. Next question. I’ve heard the bird flu is hitting Japan now. What shall I do?
I think you don’t have to do anything in particular. You should be careful.
A： So I don’t need to do anything about it.
Yes. I think so.
A： OK. Please teach me about “rotenburo.”
“Rotenburo”… As you know, Japan is a volcanic country and so there are many hot spas, I mean hot springs and …. “Rotenburo” is an outside hot spring and you can enjoy the beauty of nature as well. This is the best time to enjoy it because you can see the tree leaves in crimson.
A： I see. Thank you.
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