A： Good morning.
B： Good morning. Please put your bag and coat on that chair and take a seat.
A： This summer, I saw funny things. People use umbrellas. Can you explain why ?
Yes, I think that’s mainly women. Since they don’t want to get dots here and on their skin, they use umbrellas. I myself started wearing long-sleeved shirt and using umbrella this summer, because I want to stay beautiful when I get older.
A： Next question. I often wonder why Japanese women have beautiful skin. Western women don’t have beautiful skin and they look older than they are.
I think that’s because of humidity. Although, Japanese summer is uncomfortable, the moisture in the air keeps the skin of Japanese women beautiful. I have been to many countries including America and I found the air there to be very dry. So we can’t take lacquer ware, I mean Japan ware with us. They will break.
A： You mean that’s because of humidity?
Yes, that’s right.
A： Next question. What kind of misconception, foreigners have on Japan?
I think many foreigners think Japanese cities look mechanical. Two years ago, I had a friend from Holland. He said, “I thought Japanese houses are all made of concrete. But actually there are many houses in different size, shape and material.”
A： Why do foreigners have such misconception? What do you think?
I think that’s because there are a lot of advertisement of electronic companies abroad. In Times Square in New York, I saw a lot of neon lights of Sony, Matsushita and so on. I think that’s one of the reasons of their misconception.
A： I see. Then, last question. That’s an easy one. Will you explain what is “Oden”?
Yes. “Oden” is good in hot season.(誤った)
A： Hot season? (不思議そうにでもにこにこと)
Sorry, in cold season. It’s a pot meal. Various kind of ingredients such as devils tongue fish cakes , white radish and carrots - some are fried and some are steamed - are simmered in one pot, flavored with soy sauce, sugar, sake in broth. Usually a pot is put in the center of a table, and every people can take what they like. It’s a good meal during a cold period.
A： Thank you. That’s all. Please take your bag and coat and go out from that door.
Thank you very much. I enjoyed talking with you.
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