May I put my bag here?
A: Yes, please.
A: Excuse me... for a moment.
B: May I have your name?
My name is Emi Wakasa.
B: Where are you from?
I am from Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture.
A: Okay, question. Why do Japanese people smile even in difficult situations?
Um, I think Japanese people tend to smile in difficult situations in order
to hide true feelings. In Japanese education, we are not taught to express our
true feelings directly because it might lead to conflicts.
（もう少し長く答えましたが、完璧な再現はできません。今考えると、"because Japanese place an importance on harmony"という点も盛り込めば良かった、と思います。）
B: Why do Japanese young girls hide their mouth with their hands when they laugh?
Well I think it connects to the former question, I think, not only young girls but their mothers' generation hide their mouths with their hands in order to hide that they are laughing. Being modest is considered to be a virtue in Japan.
My mother does that too.
B: Oh, does she?
A: Okay, next question. What do you think about temporary jobs among youths these days?
You mean, "freeters"? So-called "freeters"?
Well I think it's not good for a society as a whole, but in the current economic situation, it's difficult for young people to have hope and keep working in the same company. I think Japanese government should have more training program.
Yes, and it should encourage young people to have a proper job.
B: Do you have a job?
Yes, I do.
B: You have a job but why do you want to be a tour guide?
Because I am interested in cultural exchange, and I would like to introduce Japanese culture to people from foreign countries because I am proud of them.
(本当はcultures and historyと言いたかったが、歴史は苦手なので、突っ込まれると困るのでculturesだけにしておいた。）
Also, whenever I go abroad, I depend on tour guides, and I learn a lot about
their cultures from them. So I would like to become a tour guide that satisfies
A: Okay, one more question. How would you describe "Kaitenzushi" to people from foreign countries?
Kaitenzushi means circulating sushi. Plates of sushi are circulating on a
B: Oh, why do you go to kaitenzushi?
For us, it's because of the low price. It's very good. We see people from foreign countries there.
A: All right. Thank you for your time. Thank you for coming.
Thank you very much for your time.
B: Good luck.
A: Thank you.
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