A,B,&C: Good morning.
B: Please sit down.
B: May I ask your name ?
My name is ….
B: Where did you come from this morning ?
I live in Chiba City, which is now famous for Bobby Valentine and the Lotte Marines.
A: Now I am going to ask you several questions. Please answer assuming that I am a foreign tourist.
Yes, please. By the way where are you from?
A: I am from Canada.
Oh, really !
A: These days we can find a lot of areas that restrict smoking in Japan. Which do you think will win, non-smokers or smokers ?
Oh, I myself used to be a heavy smoker but I stopped smoking a few months ago. I am sure non-smokers will win. Now everyone knows smoking is not good for health, especially for the heart, lungs and so on . In the US and European countries, non-smoking areas have been increasing drastically, which made me stop smoking. The same situation will occur in Japan soon.
A: Ok, you are for non-smokers. Next, what do you think about the increasing number of people refusing to pay their viewer fees to NHK ?
It’s unbelievable for me. As long as they are listening to or watching NHK programs, it’s their obligation to pay the fee. NHK offers us varieties of good and useful programs, and I am sure most Japanese are enjoying them every day.
A: The last question. What is “genkan”? I have never visited Japanese homes, so I have no idea.
I can say that “genkan” is the official entrance to Japanese homes. As you know, you have to take off your shoes when entering Japanese homes. “Genkan” is just a place where you take off your shoes. It is also said that “genkan” is the face of one’s home, thus it is usually kept clean and decorated with such things as flowers, paintings and pictures.
A: Thank you. I can now get the image of “genkan”.
Is that all ? Thank you very much.
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