A : Good afternoon.
Where should I put my belongings?
A : You can use the chair on your right.
A : OK, could you introduce yourself briefly?
My name is .... I come from a small town town called Fukiage in Saitama Prefecture. It is quite close to the city called Kumagaya, which is well known as the hottest place in the Kanto area.
A : OK, now I'm going to ask yo some questions. Are you ready?
Yes, I'm ready.
A : Why are convenience stores in Japan so popular recently?
It is because convenience stores in Japan have many functions. For example, you can pay your electricity money and water money at a local convenience store. Also, they started selling tickets at the counter. In that sense, convenience stores are very convenient places.
A : OK. Recently, many Japanese athletes are achieving great results in world competitions. Why do you think this is happening?
I think it is because they are trying very hard, and they are devoting themselves to the sports. I think that is the main reason. And also recently, many Japanese athletes often go to competitions overseas. Their experiences overseas help them acquire world-class positions.
B : Could you tell me about "obon"?
The "obon" vacation is a 3-day holiday. It is from August 13 to 15. During this period, Japanese people go back to their homes to pay a visit to their ancestors' graves. There are also some people who take trips in Japan or even overseas during this period.
B : Why is that? Why do some people take overseas trips during this period?
It is because the "obon" period is the best time to take vacations. If you get a job with a Japanese corporation, it is very hard to take even a day off, because there's an atmosphere that taking a day off is bad. If you combine the "obon" vacation with a Saturday and a Sunday, your vacation will become longer.
B : Thank you, the interview is over.