Hello, good morning.
A： Hello, good morning.
B： Put your bag on the table behind you and sit down, please.
Yes, thank you.
B： Please tell us your name and where you come from.
My name is …. I come from …, Tokyo.
A： So, … (first name), I’d like to ask you some questions about Japan.
I think it is because of the bad employment conditions in Japan. So they go abroad to find jobs.
A： What kind of jobs do they get abroad?
I think they teach traditional Japanese arts to the local people, or they work in areas such as agriculture, or teach the Japanese language.
A： Then when they come back to Japan, do they easily find jobs? And in what field will they work?
I don’t think it’s easy to find jobs back in Japan. Perhaps they will work at a company in an overseas relations department.
A： Do you know what a “Working Holiday” is? Young people use this system to work for one or two years in Australia or the US .… Do they easily find jobs after they come back to Japan?
No, I don’t think so. Personally, I think it is a good experience. But for companies, it is not so good. It is because Japanese companies generally expect their workers to work for them for a long period of time. And they would think it is a pity that those Japanese didn’t work for the companies when they were fresh out of college.
A： Next question. When I went to a souvenir shop, I found a big pot called “nabe.” What do you use “nabe” for?
A “nabe” is a cooker. It’s for boiling vegetables and other ingredients. And dishes cooked in “nabe” are called “nabe-mono” or “nabe” food. Sometimes, especially in winter, we serve “nabe” food with various ingredients in it. We place “nabe” at the center of the table, and the whole family eat from the “nabe” together.
A： Oh, it sounds nice! What do you cook in “nabe’? Or, do you have any special kind of “nabe” food?
We cook fish, meat, and vegetables together. A well-known “nabe” food is “chanko-nabe,” which was originally for sumo wrestlers.
A： Oh? For sumo wrestlers? I’ll be strong when I eat it. Then where can I buy a “nabe”? And how much does it cost? The price I saw at the souvenir shop was about 3,000 yen. Is it cheap?
Um…. The prices range from one thousand yen to ten thousand yen, I think. I recommend that you go to Kappabashi, near Ueno.
There are a lot of shops selling cooking utensils.
A： How about department stores?
Yes, you can easily find “nabe” at department stores. We can buy almost everything at department stores.
A： Then, next question. I heard that Japanese have serious health problems. To be fat …
What do you think about this problem?
Oh, being fat is a serious problem for me.
A： Yes, it’s the same for me.
I think it’s a food-related problem. Japanese have changed their eating habits.
A： Oh, really? I heard that Japanese food is low in calories, and people live long.
Yes. Traditional Japanese dishes are full of vegetables with little meat and fat. The elderly Japanese people ate such food, so they are strong and live long. But young people are not like that.
Japanese dishes are difficult to cook and also take a long time to cook. So busy young people do not cook for themselves, and instead they buy fast food like hamburgers or other western foods.
A： Thank you for coming here today, and I enjoyed talking with you.
Thank you very much. I’m happy to be here.
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