A, B, C: Good afternoon.
B: Please have a seat, and put your bag on the other seat. Please tell me your name.
My name is ....
B: Where do you live?
I live in ...Ward along the Odakyu Line.
A: Today, we'd like to ask you some questions. First, why do Japanese have longer life?
According to the latest survey, the average life span for women is 85, which is the top of the world. As for men, the average life span is 78, which is the second, with Hong Kong first. The reason why Japanese have longevity is that they have well-balanced diets. Following the government's suggestion, they try to eat 30 kinds of food a day, and three well-balanced meals a day. Their eating habit is the main reason for their longevity.
B: What do Japanese eat for breakfast?
Many Japanese eat Continental breakfast, which consists of toasts, tea or coffee, yoghurt, and fruit. Elderly people like Japanese style breakfast, which consists of rice, miso soup, grilled fish, and pickles.
B: Do Japanese eat big breakfast?
No, many Japanese do not eat big breakfast. Many office workers should spend one or two hours going to work, and eat a quick meal like noodles instead of breakfast. Some students do not eat breakfast because they sit up till late at night and don't feel hungry. Many Japanese no longer have well-balanced breakfast.
A: So Japanese will lose their longevity in the future?
I think so. However, medical progress may enable Japanese to maintain their longevity.
A, B, C:（うなずく）
A: Then, next question. Why is David Beckham considered an icon in Japan?
When Beckham came over to Japan last year for the World Cup Football games, I lived in the UK. In the UK he was popular mainly among boys, so I was surprised at his popularity among young ladies in Japan. The reason why he became an icon is that he appears to Japanese to be the symbol of success. He is a top player, has a beautiful wife and two sons, and a wealthy mansion. However, he is always so modest as to show gratitude for other players and his family. His popularity in Japan is based on his personality.
B: Do you like Beckham?
Yes, I like him. I worked as an interpreter for the Irish National Football team last May. Some of the players played in the Premiership League and spoke well of Beckham. His favourable personality may be known to Japanese through his interviews and TV commercials. He is an icon, because of his personality as well as his appearance.
A: How do you describe ochoko?
Ochoko is a small cup for sake, especially hot one. It is either a pottery or a porcelain. Many are beautifully shaped and some of them like Imari have nice patterns on it. I recommend that foreign tourists can take one as a souvenir.
B: Why is ochoko so small?
That is because hot sake is so strong as to be served in a small portion. Small ochoko enebles people to enjoy a distinctive aroma of sake and to enjoy sake with the nose. Then they can enjoy sake with the palate. The nice flavour of sake comes up from the stomach.
A, B, C: （酒を飲むジェスチャーを見ながらうなずく）
B: Why in Japanese restaurants is ochoko upside-down?
That is to let customers know that the ochoko has not yet been used or is prepared for you. Once you pick it up, you can use it as your own.
A, B, C:（うなずく）
A: Great. Thank you. Have a nice afternoon.
Thank you. Thank you very much, indeed.
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