A:Hello, please be seated.
Hello, nice to meet you.
A or B: Please tell us your name.
My name is xxxx.
A: Mr.Nishio, where did you come from?
I came from Osaka today.
A: OK. Now let’s start. Why are there many Onsen or hot springs in Japan?
A: Do you go to Onsen very often?
Yes, I do. I love visiting there, because it’s very relaxing especially after daily hard work. Onsen is usually located far from urban areas, so it’s a place of refreshing place for many people.
A: Does it cost a lot to visit Onsen?
Well, it depends. If you’d like to stay at so-called “ryokan”, traditional Japanese-style hotel, it probably costs over 30, 000 yen. However, if you choose a much more economical inn, which we call “minshuku”, it costs less than 10,000 yen.
A: Then, which Onsen do you recommend best?
I would recommend Arima Onsen in this Kansai area because it is located just behind Mt. Rokko, so the surrounding scenery is wonderful. In addition it enjoys a handy location.
A: Would you recommend any historical place in Japan?
I’m sorry, what did you say after “recommend”?
A: Would you recommend any historical place in Japan? (今度はゆっくりと大きな声で言ってくれた)
OK. I would suggest visiting both Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. For temple, I would suggest Kinkakuji, or Gold Pavilion, and as for a shrine, I would suggest Heian Shrine.
A: Why do you suggest those two buildings?
I’m saying so not only because the Gold Pavilion is beautiful, but also because it is one of the best historical buildings to know a part of Japanese culture and history . So it is definitely worth visiting. (平安神宮のことに触れなければいけなかったと、あとで後悔した)
A: Thank you. Now, assume that I am a foreigner traveling in Japan with a daughter. If my daughter had a stomachache, what would you do?
Would you tell me how old your daughter is?
A: Well, she is about 15 years old.
All right. She is not so little, right? Then I would ask you whether it looks like an emergency case or not. If it is an emergency case, I would call 119 for an ambulance. If it is not, I would take her to the most nearby hospital and then, seek hospitals that are used to seeing foreign patients.
A: Can we purchase medicine somewhere?
If you visit a hospital and see a doctor, you can get prescription medicine there. Alternatively, you can purchase non-prescription medicine at any pharmacy.
A: Thank you.
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