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A: What is your name?

My name is …

A: Where are you from?

I’m from …

A: I will ask you a few questions. Please tell me about Japanese geography?

Japan is surrounded by the sea and is composed of many islands. And 70% of the land is mountainous areas. Japan's closest neighbors are Korea, Russia and China. The Sea of Japan separates the Asian continent from the Japanese archipelago. Since Japan is located in a region, where several continental plates meet, there are many volcanoes. Japan's most famous volcano and highest mountain is Mt. Fuji. Also, these volcanoes cause many hot springs, which are a part of Japanese culture.

A: How many islands are there in Japan?

Islands?

A: Yes, islands.

Japan consists of several thousands of islands, of which Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku are the four largest.

A: Can you tell me the most famous castle in Japan?

I think Himeji Castle is the most famous castle in Japan. It is also called “White Heron Castle” because its appearance is like a white heron. It is one of the few castles that retains its original form and has not been rebuilt.

A: Where would you recommend for sightseeing in Japan?
I would recommend Kyoto. It is probably fair to say that Kyoto is one of the representative cities of Japan, especially in terms of sightseeing. The history of the city starts about 1200 years ago. Therefore, it has a large number of old Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and traditional gardens. Some of them are registered on the world heritage list. I believe that in Kyoto there are beautiful places and scenes that attract you.

A: Who do you think is the most important person in Japanese history?
I think Toyotomi Hideyoshi is the most important person in Japanese history since many Japanese have respected him and have been fond of his success story.

A: Why?

He was born in a poor farm family. In spite of his disadvantageous background, he rose from peasant status to the ruler of all Japan and brought an end to the Sengoku period or the Age of Civil War. He is also noted for a number of cultural legacies, including the restriction that only members of the samurai class could bear arms.
I think his success story has encouraged many Japanese people.

A: Let’s change the topic.

Suppose I am a foreign tourist with my daughter and my daughter has a sudden stomach ache, what should I do?

If her condition seems to be serious, you should dial 119 to call an ambulance. You can use an ambulance anytime and any where in Japan. The ambulance can take her to the nearest hospital and emergency crew can give her first aid. Of course, on the phone, some English-speaking operators are available. So, you do not have to worry about a language problem.

A: Can we get medicine without prescription?
Yes, you can get non-prescription medicine at drugstores. If symptoms are not so serious, non-prescription medicine works enough. However, as far as prescribed medicine is concerned, you need to see a doctor to receive prescription.

C: 日本語で結構です。この試験に合格してガイドを行うとして、大事なことは何だとお考えですか。

まず大切なのはhospitality、おもてなしの心、それに親切、これが基本だと考えます。私自身、この勉強をしていかに日本のことを知らないか痛感しました。今後とも日本のことを勉強して日本の良さを外国の皆様に伝え、また、外国のことをお客様を通じて学び、日本の皆様に伝えたいと考えます。




 
 
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