A,C: Good morning. (同時にＢが“カバンはそこに置いてください。”と言ったので、荷物を置く。）
C: Please sit down.
C: First, tell me your name and where you come from.
My name is ... I come from Kobe City.
A: My name is .... I'll ask you some questions about a few topics. Please answer them as if I were a tourist who doesn't know about Japan.
A: You said you live in Kobe. When was it that the earthquake hit Kobe?
We had a huge earthquake in 1995. So it was about ten years ago.
A: Do you think people have become better prepared to natural disasters?
Yes, since the earthquake in Kobe, people have taken preparative measures to minimize the effects. In the recent earthquake in Niigata, the government immediately dispatched the Self-Defense Forces to the affected areas.
A: How about the civilians?
Excuse me, what do you mean by civilians?
A: How about the people who are not part of the government and military?
I think the general public are taking preventive measures. They store
a supply of food and drink after the Hanshin Earthquake. My home is no
exception in this regard.
A: Was your house damaged in the earthquake?
No, our home didn't have a heavy damage. But we suffered a lack of food and drink supply.
A: Now I'll ask you about tourism in Kobe. Where would you recommend if I visit Kobe?
I'd recommend to you that you visit some of the sake breweries in the
A: Where is Nada located?
Nada is located in the eastern part of Kobe City.
A: How about the Chinatown?
Yes, the Chinatown is a place where you can enjoy an authentic atmosphere
A: How about temples?
Temples...I'm sorry I don’t think there are good examples of temples
in Kobe. (神社ならともかく寺は紹介できる物が思い浮かばないので、仕方なくこうい
A: Why didn't you have any good temples in Kobe?
Well, it is because Kobe was opened to the outside world after the seclusion policy. So Kobe is a place where you can experience a juxtaposition of Japanese and Western things.
A: Would you tell me some of the misconceptions of Japanese people?
One thing that I can think of now is that Japanese are thought to be very
serious and don’t understand humors, but I think this is a misconception.
A: What is Karaoke?
Karaoke is an act of singing through an amplifier to a recorded accompaniment.
A: Karaoke is "thinking?"
No, it's "singing."
A: Ah, "singing." I see. Thank you very much. It' been nice talking with you.
Thank you very much. It's been nice talking with you too.
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