C： First, I would like to ask about yourself.
And after that she will ask you about Japanese cultures.
C： Now, what is your name?
My name is ………
C： Where do you live?
I live in Yokohama city.
C： This morning, how long did it take you to come here?
It took an hour to come here.
C： It took so long to come here. How did you come here, at what station did you get off?
I took Yokosuka line at Hodogaya Station and get off at Shimbashi Station. I transferred to Yamanote Line and got off at Yurakucho Station.
A： OK. I would like to ask you questions. What is Onsen Hotel?
A： I see. Thank you. What is Japanese inn?
Sorry, excuse me?
OK. That is a traditional Japanese-style building made of wood, with tatami rooms. They keep traditional atmosphere.
A： What is the difference?
Well, Onsen Hotels are large concrete buildings and, therefore rooms are separated by walls from each other. But Inns are wooden buildings and are separated by Fusuma, wood frame panels. Therefore the sound from the next room could easily come in.
A： OK. Thank you. What is pension?
Pension is a small accommodation owned and operated by private people. Therefore they have homely atmosphere and the rate is comparatively cheap. So, pension is popular among young people.
A： OK. Thank you. What do you think about decreasing birth rate in Japan?
Well, I think this is not good for the future of Japan. Therefore Japanese government should do something to stop this trend. For example, the government should give some subsidy, like tax incentives, so that young couples will be able to have 2 or 3 children.
C： Besides such economic problems, there are other reasons for the declining birth rate. What do you think about this?
Yes. I also hear that birth rate is low in developing countries. In Japan, for example, because of the economic expansion, young people have come to be able to spend more money than before. Therefore they have come to get married later than before. They would like to enjoy themselves before getting married. Say, some years ago many people got married at the age of 20 to 23. But now, they do at about 30 years old. This is one of the reason why birth rate is decreasing.
A： OK. Thank you very much.
Thank you very much.
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