A： Hello. Please have a seat.
B： May I have your name?
B： Where are you from?
I’m from Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture.
A： Ms. ○○○○, I’m ○○○○. （ここで、Nice to meet you.くらい言うべきであったか。） I’ll ask you some questions. You come from Shiga Prefecture, right?
No, I’m from Hyogo Prefecture. Near Arima Onsen hot spring.
A： Oh, Hyogo Prefecture. Where in Hyogo would you take foreign tourists?
Well, around Kobe …, you can enjoy picnic at Rokko Mountain. （picnicではなく、hikingだと終わってから気付きました）. Then you can enjoy a hot spring in Arima. And if you have a time, please come to my town. You can eat delicious Sanda beef. It’s a kind of Kobe beef.
A： Japanese people seem to like beef very much. And, of course, McDonald’s is very popular here in Japan, but I hear that in the past Japanese people didn’t eat beef as often as they do now. Why do Japanese today like beef very much?
Well, before the Meiji period, Japanese didn’t eat beef. But these days, we love beef. I think one of the reasons is that it’s delicious. Also, in my town, it’s reasonable.
A： What do you think about prime minister Koizumi’s performance?
As a reformer, he has done a good job. When he became the prime minister four years ago, Japan was in the bottom of the economic depression. But now the Japanese economy is recovering. And the stock prices are rising. The privatization of Japan Post is also the right thing, I suppose.
A： What are the differences between kabuki and noh?
They are both traditional Japanese stage arts. Kabuki has gorgeous stage sets and the actors wear elaborate costumes, but noh is quite simple. And for me, noh is a little difficult to understand. So I want to recommend foreign tourists see kabuki.
A： OK. This is the last question. What is hachimaki?
Hachimaki is a cloth headband, usually red and white. It’s worn as an expression of determination.
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