B： Good afternoon. Please be seated. Please tell us your name and where you are from.
Thank you. Well, my name is… I was born and brought up in Kobe. I’ve never lived outside Kobe, except during my stints for three times.
A： What is Shojin-ryouri?
It’s one of the dishes eaten by Buddhist priests. As the Buddhist doctrines teach, it contains no fish or meat. It’s a kind of vegetarian dish. It’s healthy food and low-caloried. Vegetables at their best are served. But nowadays, it has become an expensive meal.
A： What is Genkan?
A： Yes, Genkan.
In Japan, we have two types, typical Japanese and western-style types. The Japanese type is made of two sliding doors. latticework with glass inside, in this type, even a dim light can pass through the glass, and those inside who receive guests can tell who they are. The western-style is just western-style. This place is very important in that we must give a good impression and show how happily we receive our guests, so we always keep it clean.
A： You said “three stints.” You must have been living abroad. Where did you live?
Yes, during my first and second stints I was living abroad, but during my third stint I was living in Tokyo.
A： Where did you live abroad?
The first was in Bolivia, and the second was in Indonesia.
A： Which was more impressive, I mean, which one did you like better?
I had a lot of bitter experiences in those countries. People in those countries are not so educated as we are, so I always had to explain everything to them. But my experiences overseas are very instrumental in guiding me toward a goal, better future, and …
Well, let’s get together another day and talk it on. Thank you.
Thank you very much.
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