A: Good Morning.
A: Please sit down.
B: Please tell your name.
My name is…
A: Where are you from?
I live in…
A: I want to see sakura. When can I see sakura?
A: Where should I see sakura?
I would recommend Kyoto, especially the Arashiyama area. Itis a good
place to see sakura.
A: I’m staying near Kyoto station. Is Arashiyama far form Kyoto station?
It is relatively near the station. You can use both train and bus services to get there.
A: Does it take time?
Maybe it takes about 15 minutes by train. So, I do not think it takes so long.
A: I left my purse in the taxi. What should I do?
If you can find a small police box called “koban”, please visit there and you should report your lost purse. If you cannot find it, please visit a shop or the station around there. I guess they cannot speak English,(それは困ったという顔をされる), but since Japanese people tend to be kind to a person in trouble, they should be able to call the police instead of you.(微笑んでもらえる)
A: Who do you think is the most important person in Japanese history?
(小さい声で)Tough question? (微笑)
A: Did he become an emperor?
No, he did not, but he assisted the emperor. (empressだと後で気づく). Also he was a great politician and created Japan’s first written constitution called the 17- article constitution.
A: What occasion do Japanese wear Kimono?
At tea ceremonies or other traditional events such as exhibitions of ikebana or traditional Japanese-style flower arrangement, Japanese, especially women wear kimono.
A: I want to try wearing a kimono. Where can I do that?
There are some shops where you can try wearing a maiko or Geisya style kimono and have commemorative photos taken by a professional phtotographer in Kyoto, though it is a little bit expensive. (ここで一つ思い出す) Excuse me, I remember one more. In the Nishijin area, there is the Nishijin Kimono Hall and there you can try a kimono and even go out, keeping on the kimono. Additionally, it is for free, I think. (10年前の情報なので、確かでは無いが面接官の人は皆へぇ、といった様子。。。)
失礼いたしました。（全員日本人のようなので、Thank you というのもどうかと思いました。）
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