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Good morning.

A: Good morning.

B: Good morning. Please put your bag and coat on that chair and take a seat.

Thank you.

A: May I ask your name and where you are from?

Yes、My name is xxxxx. I came from Nerima, Tokyo.

A: Your name again, please.

xxxxx.

A: May I call you xxxxx(ファーストネーム)?

Sure, please.

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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