A, B, C： Hello.
B： Good morning. Please come in. （にこにこしていた）
A,B,C： Good afternoon!
B： What is your name?
My name is ….
B： Where are you from?
I’m from Nagano prefecture.
A： It sounds like a far place from here.
C： How far is it from here?
Ah…It took an hour and a half to get here this morning.
B： Did you come here by train?
No, I took a bus, a highway bus. It’s very convenient. It’s fast and… But of course, if you’re in a hurry you shouldn’t take it, there may be a traffic jam.
A： This is my first time in Japan. Where would you recommend me to go? I want to try onsen.（onsenが聞き取れず聞き返した）
Oh, onsen. Of course, I will welcome you if you come to Nagano. There is a famous hot spring called Bessho onsen. You can get there about an hour and a half. If you use the bullet train.
C： What is Bessho onsen famous for?
Well….（つまずく） It’s in the mountain area, so the nature is eccentric. It is in the best season. The leaves have turned to beautiful crimson.
A： I see. It is said that Japanese like hot springs. Why?
Yes, it’s true. Everybody in Japan likes hot spring. It’s because there are hot springs everywhere in Japan. This is due to Japanese geography. Japan is a country full of volcanoes, so there are also lot of hot springs. And all the people know about the effect of hot springs. The water has minerals. And…even monkeys bathe in hot springs.
A： Do you know where the monkeys are? I’ve read about it somewhere.
Well, to be frank with you, I don’t… I’ve read about it, but…
C： Maybe in Nagano?
Yes, I think hot springs where monkeys bathe are in Nagano, because monkeys live in the mountain areas and we have mountains in Nagano.
A： Now, I’m going to ask you about Japanese world. Will you explain it to me?
Geta is a kind of clog. It’s made of wood. A pair of clog is lifted from the ground by two wooden supports to avoid water and dirt from the ground.
A： It’s convenient! Isn’t it hard to wear it?
Yes, it’s convenient if you are used to it. But if you’re not used to it, your feet hurt.
B： What do you think about women becoming emperor, in this case empress.
I’m all for it. （笑われる）
We had several empresses in two thousand years of imperial history. So there is nothing new about it. The present role of the emperor is the symbol of Japan. He plays a role of goodwill ambassador with other members of the imperial family. It doesn’t have to be a male emperor to play that role. Besides, we Japanese and loved and respect the present imperial family. And since the present crown prince and princess have no son, it is only natural for us to wish their daughter to succeed the throne.
（3人で「これで終えるか？」というように頷き合って、AがOKと言うと誰かが）Well, thank you.
Thank you very much for your time. 退出
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