A・B : Good morning.
B : Please take a seat.
B : Thank you for coming today.
B : May I have your name please?
My name is ...
B : Where do you live?
I live in Nerima-ku, Tokyo.
A : How are you?
I'm fine, but I'm really nervous.
A : Oh, please relax. Now I'll give you some questions about Japan.
After hearing my question, imagine the situation, and give me
your answer. I'm a tourist, and you are the tour guide. OK?
A : When I was walking around the city the other day, I saw many
pachinko parlors. Pachinko seems to be very popular in Japan. Could
you tell me why pachinko is so popular?
Well, since I rarely go to a pachinko parlor, I'm not really sure why
pachinko is so popular.
But I think it is interesting for players to hit the small steel balls
holes so as to get more steel balls, which can later be exchanged for
as cigarettes, candy, and so on. I think that's the biggest reason.
Also, it is an ideal
game for people to kill time. That's why pachinko is popular in Japan.
A : OK. Next question. Do you like sports?
Yes, I like sports very much.
A : Did you watch the Athens Olympics?
Yes, I watched it on TV everyday until late at night.
A : What do you think about the performance of Japanese athletes at the
Athens Olympic Games?
It was really encouraging, and I was impressed by the outstanding
of the Japanese athletes. One or two decades ago, Japanese athletes
could not win so many gold medals. I don't remember well, but this
time they took 16 or 17 gold medals. So I think
they proved that Japanese athletes who have a strong will to fight can
compete in international competitions. I also think it was the most
interesting Olympic games for us Japanese.
A : OK, Thank you very much. Now, the third question for you. What is
Well, it's a difficult question. "Butsudan" is a Buddhist family
altar. It is placed in the room of a house and people pray for the
spirits of the deceased in front of the altar. I think these days,
"butsudan" is not be seen in some houses including mine. Since
memorial services are held at Buddhist temples and people often go to
cemeteries to pray for the deceased, the number of houses with family
altars is decreasing.
A : Ok, Thank you very much. That's all .
Is that all?
A : Yes, that' all for the interview. Thank you very much for your time．