A B： Good morning.
B： Please have a seat.
B： What is your name?
My name is ○○○○.
B： Where are you from?
I’m from Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto city, near the Imperial Palace.
A： Where would you like to take a foreign tourist for sightseeing in Kyoto?
First of all, I would take him or her to Kinkakuj temple.
B： Why Kinkakuj temple?
Because it’s very shiny and amazing to look at and must be very interesting even for those who are not familiar with Japanese history.
A： Living in Kyoto, have you ever guided foreigners to show them around?
Yes, I have. I lived in London for a while, so some of my friends there came over to Japan to visit me, so I took them to many sightseeing spots in Kyoto.
A： Where did you take them to?
I took them to “sanjyusangendo”(三十三間堂) to show them the 1,000 Buddhist statues there.
A： Did you take them to any other temples or shrines?
No, I didn’t, because they didn’t seem to be very much interested in them.
A： What would you tell or do if a foreigner doesn’t seem to be interested?
I would tell him/her the history of each temples or shrines to make them more interested, and take them to see statues and gardens as well.
A： I know futon is very popular in Western countries now, but would you describe what futon is, provided I don’t know anything about it.
Futon is a thick quilt or mattress usually made of cotton stuffed with cotton, sometimes wool or down. It is used as bedding at night, placed on the tatami floor. When not in use, futon is folded and stored in the closet.
A： Would you give me an instruction for using futon?
First of all, put the mattress on tatami floor, and then, place a pillow for your head to rest and take a quilt to cover yourself.
A： Is there anything I should care about when placing a pillow on futon?
Some people believe that it is unlucky to place a pillow in the North direction.
A： Why is that?
As far as I know, traditionally Japanese people lay dead peoples’ heads down in that direction in funerals, so that may be why.
A： Tell me what you think about children having cell phones these days.
For security wise, I think it’s a very good idea considering the increasing number of kidnapping. But I’ve seen some children abusing cell phones by using them even when they don’t really need and spend a lot of time just on chatting with friends. I’m worried about the payments because the bills would certainly be on their parents.
A： I heard that in England, children under 16 are not allowed to have cell phones by law, is it true?
Actually, I’ve never heard of it, so I’m not sure, but when I was in London 5 years ago, I saw many young children using mobiles.
A： I see. Thank you very much.
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