A,B: Good Afternoon.
B: Please be seated.
B: Tell me your name and where you live.
My name is …. I live in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture.
B: What line did you come by to get here?
I came here by the JR Jyoban line and the JR Chuo line.
B: Where did you change trains?
At Shin Ochanomizu.
I am interested in cultural interchange. I think Japanese culture and Japanese ways of thinking are quite different from those of foreigners, especially Westerners. I would like to explain those differences to foreign guests. And to do so, becoming a tour guide is a good idea. In addition, I like to meet people from different backgrounds and to exchange opinions with each other. So I am sure I can enjoy the job of a tour guide very much and I want to contribute to mutual understanding.
A: Good answer. （ここから、最近の日本とアジア諸国のあいだでmutual understanding 不足で、悪い関係が出来ている。首相の行動にも関係している。どう思うか？）
I support Mr. Koizumi, especially on domestic issues. Unfortunately though, regarding international relations, I cannot support his policy. Because of his visit to Yasukuni Shrine, our relationship with China and with South Korea has deteriorated. We should have good relations with China and South Korea, especially with China. We should repair those relations.
A: There is a problem between Japan and the US. Why did Japan ban imports of US beef?
The Japanese government banned the import of US beef because of the mad cow disease. But I think this ban will be lifted soon, maybe from this December. I will be able to eat US beef again.
A: Where would you recommend a foreign tourist go to if they had one week to spend in Japan?
I would recommend Kyoto and Osaka. Kyoto is an ancient capital of Japan, so there are many places of historical importance and places of scenic beauty. And there are many temples, shrines, and landscape gardens. In addition, you can enjoy traditional Japanese food there, because Kyoto is famous for traditional food.
A: What particular place would you recommend in Kyoto?
I would recommend Kiyomizu Temple, where you can buy souvenirs.
A: What kind of souvenirs can I buy at Kiyomizu Temple?
You can buy beautiful ceramic ware at the souvenir shops in front of Kiyomizu Temple. Kiyomizu Temple is famous for its beautiful ceramic ware. Also you can buy a folding fan as a souvenir.
Oh! It’s made of paper on a bamboo frame. It is called ‘sensu’ in Japanese. It can be folded compactly. And it has a beautiful design on it. I recommend you buy one as a souvenir because it is very beautiful, reasonably priced, and very compact.
A: Thank you.
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