A：Good morning.（笑顔）Please have a seat.
(しばらく沈黙があったので) My name is ・・・ （とほぼ同時にBから質問が）
B： Please tell me your full name and address.
I’m …. I live in … in Tokyo.
A： Could you tell me about the Japanese climate?
The Japanese seasons are basically composed of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. We also have a rainy season which lasts from June to the middle of July. And several typhoons, or tropical storms, hit Japan.
A： The typhoon season … ah, is it safe to go out during the typhoon season in Japan?
（予期せぬ質問で、少しとまどう） It’s not safe. These days the size of typhoons has become larger and larger due to global warming. So it’s not a good timing for going out. However, there are a lot of attractions in Japan. It is still worthwhile visiting Japan. （笑顔、しかし心の中ではindoor attractionsかなと悔やむ）
A： Then, what is the best season for foreign travelers to visit Japan?
(期待どおりの質問)I suggest two seasons ; spring and autumn. In spring, we Japanese throw a party called “ohanami”. People enjoy drinking and eating under the cherry trees. Some people enjoy karaoke, too.Autumn is also a good season. Many Japanese enjoy the changing color of leaves. Many people go to Nikko in TochigiPrefecture and Hakone in KanagawaPrefecture to view the autumn leaves.
A： How about Kyoto? Is it possible to see the changing color of leaves in Kyoto?
Yes. There is a mountain named Arashiyama in Kyoto. There are tons of trees there, it’s very beautiful. (話しながら、何か関連トピックを思いつこうとするが、特に思いつかずとりあえずジェスチャーだけはおおげさにして)You shouldn’t miss it. （笑顔）
A： What about the winter? Is it cold in Tokyo in wintertime?
As far as I know, it’s about 10 degrees during the day, and at night it drops to about 0 degrees.
A： I heard that Sapporo is much colder than in Tokyo. What’s the weather like in Sapporo?
I guess Sapporo is much colder than in Tokyo. The temperature might be about minus 15 degree. （少し適当すぎたかなと思った）
A： Is that during the day?
No, I’m talking about nighttime. In the daytime, it’s about 0 degree at most. （答えるのに精一杯で、雪祭りなどの話を広げる余裕がなかった）
A： I see. OK, could you tell me what kind of customs that foreigners should be aware of when visiting Japan?
Well, I can come up with two ideas.One is related to homes. When you enter a Japanese home, you should take off your shoes at the entrance. It’s a Japanese custom. And another one is related to baths, or bathtubs. （ああ、何か変な表現と後悔） You should not unplug the bathtub after soaking in it. The same hot water in the bathtub is used by everyone in the family.
A： What about when people meet each other? In my country, when people meet, we shake hands. Is this the same in Japan?
Generally, Japanese don’t shake hands. Instead, we bow to each other. And if you were a business- person, it is also important to exchange business cards. A business card is a “must” item for every Japanese businessperson.
A： OK. Is it rude if I don’t give my business card to a businessman?
To some people, it may be rude. However, most Japanese are aware of western customs and culture, so it shouldn’t be a problem at all.
A： Thank you.
A,B： Thank you
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