A : May I have a seat please?
My name is ...
A : And where are you from?
I'm from Nara City.
A : I see. My name is .... I'll ask you several questions, so please answer them.
A : You said you are from Nara. I often visit Nara. So where would you take a foreign tourist to in Nara?
I would take the tourist to Todaiji Temple, because a large statue of Buddha is located there.
A : I like Nigatsu-do and Sangatsu-do. Do you work in Nara?
No, I work for a company in Osaka.
A : What kind of company?
I work for a liquor company.
A : How would you describe "kaiten-zushi"?
"Kaiten-zushi" literally means "circulating sushi". Plates of sushi are set on a conveyor belt encircling the serving bar. The plates pass by, and the customers select what they want. And "kaiten-zushi" is less expensive than regular sushi.
A : Do you often go to "kaiten-zushi"?
Yes, especially when my children were younger.
Next question. Why do you want to be a tour guide?
I've always wanted to promote understanding between Japan and other countries, especially because Japan is often misunderstood. I want to prevent this misunderstanding at the grass-roots level by introducing an unbiased view of Japan to foreign tourists.
A : Could you explain what "ohigan" is?
I'm sorry, but I don't know ... but I think that's the time when many temples hold memorial services. And also the time when we visit our ancestors' graves, I think.
A : It's perfect, thank you.
A : What do you think about the current economic situation in Japan?
We are still in a long recession. Under these conditions, the government should boost the economy, and create jobs. Also, public funds which were once used for wasteful public works projects should be used in areas such as job training and subsidies for job creation in some growth industries.
A : There are many women in the workplace. What do you think about this?
I think it's god there are many women in the workplace. But there's one problem. Women in the workplace tend to get married later. It's a satisfying lifestyle for women, but for society as a whole, it's not good I think, because the population will shrink even further.
A : That's all, thank you. I enjoyed talking to you.
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