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Hello. Nice to meet you.

B : Please put your bag on the chair.

(バッグをいすに置いて、姿勢を正して、軽く会釈。写真ではめがねをかけていなかったので)
Can I put on my glasses? I was not wearing them on the picture.

A, B : Yes, of course.

B : What's your name?

My name is …

B : Where did you come from today?

I live in Kobe, so I came from Kobe this morning.

A : In Japan, many fashion magazines use foreign models. Why is that?

I think it's because Japanese young women have a strong longing for foreign models. They have a slender body.(外人モデルさんがきれいだとか、色白だとか言いましたが、覚えていません)Another reason is that most fashion trends are coming from Western countries. For example, Gucci or Dior. So, it is much better to use foreign models.(でも最近では日本人の体型も向上して、と言おうとしたところで、次の質問になってしまいました)

A : The Japanese economy has been under the long recession, and still …?(最後に"ice age"と言われたような気がしたのですが、よく聞き取れないので、"I beg your pardon?"と聞き返したら、質問を簡略化してくれて)What do you think about the current situation of the Japanese economy?

According to the government, the Japanese economy is bottoming up little by little, because the GDP has recorded over 2% recently and stock prices are increasing and recovered to \10,000. However, I'm still pessimistic, because the unemployment rate is still high, especially in this Kansai region.

A : But when I first came to Japan, I was very surprised to see many expensive cars and luxurious things sold everywhere. What do you think about it?

I think now in Japan people can be divided into winners and losers. Winners have a lot of disposable money to use for cars and many things.

A : OK. I see. Next question is, what is "zabuton"?

"Zabuton" is a floor cushion stuffed with cotton covered with silk or cotton. It depends on occasions. I use it in my Japanese room.

A : What is "tatami"?

"Tatami" are traditional mats used in a traditional Japanese room.(traditionalを2回も使ってしまってあわてる。まあいいかと気を取りなおし)Tatami are rectangular in shape, usually 80cm wide (90cmなのに)and 180cm long. But in Okinawa, tatami is square. It's called "ryukyu datami." Recently, young people prefer using ryukyu datami in rooms, because it could bring a modern atmosphere.

A : What do you think about tatami?

(こういう形の質問がくるとは予想しなかったのでちょっと詰まる)I remember when I was a small child, I lived with my parents and grandparents, and we had to change tatami once a year or once in two years. I remember it smelled fresh. Also, it's convenient to imagine how wide the room is. A six-tatami room is an average Japanese room.

A : What do you think of the size of this room?

(ぐるっと見回したら10?12畳くらいに見えたので)
Ten or twelve tatami.

A, B : Thank you. It's over.


 
 
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