A： Hello. Good afternoon.
A： Please put your coat and bag on the sofa, and sit on the chair.
A： Would you tell me your name?
My name is …
Where did you come from today?
I came from Ikoma city, Nara Prefecture.
A： By the way, I visited Himeji Castle yesterday.
Oh, you visited a wonderful site.
A： Yes, it was superb.
Did you really enjoy the tour?
A： Oh, definitely, yes. Himeji Castle is the number one castle in Japan, isn’t it?
Yes, it is. It is also the most beautiful castle in Japan.
A： Then, would you tell me which the number two castle is? Is there any other castle you recommend?
There are lots of castles in Japan, but I think Matsumoto Castle is the number two castle. Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan’s most historic castles. Located in the city of Matsumoto in Nagano prefecture, it is within easy reach of Tokyo. So this castle is popular with tourists from Japan and other countries. And it is also called “Crow Castle “because of its black walls and spreading wings. It is an example of a flatland castle, not being built on a hilltop or amid rivers. Also the castle is kept in good condition. So, I would recommend Matsumoto Castle.
A：I see. I’m full now. I had a big lunch after the morning interview test, which was tasty and laid out in a square box. Also in the box, there was rice. Rice is the staple food in Japan, isn’t it?
Yes, it is.
A： Where is the most famous place to produce rice?
Niigata prefecture is the most famous for rice production.
A： What makes Niigata the most famous rice-producing area?
Niigata has large plains enough to cultivate crops such as rice, its soil is very fertile and the quality of its water is very good. For these reasons, Niigata has good conditions for producing high quality rice. “koshihikari” is a brand name of rice produced in Niigata and is regarded as the best quality rice in Japan.
A： Would you tell me about Japanese geographical features? Is Japan covered with all mountains?
Surely our country is mountainous. About 75% of the land is mountainous and scattered plains and basins, in which the population is concentrated, account for only about 25 percent. A long chain of mountains runs down the middle of the archipelago, dividing it into two halves, the Pacific Ocean side and the Japan Sea side. Besides, Japan has many beautiful lakes and short rivers.
A： I hear there is a lot of hot springs in Japan.
Thanks to its many volcanoes, Japan has a lot of hot springs all over the country. Japanese people really enjoy bathing in hot springs.
A： Why do Japanese love hot springs so much?
Our society is increasingly becoming stressful. And I think bathing in hot springs is not only a way of being clean, but also a way of being relaxed and refreshed. So many people go to hot spring resorts to get rid of stress from their daily work or life.
A： Would you recommend to me a good hot spring resort?
A： Oh, that’s a perfect resort. I really want to go there. Last night, my daughter got a stomach ache. Would you tell me what to do?
Near stations or along the big street, you can easily find drugstores or convenience stores and you can buy the medicine for stomachache over the counter. But if it doesn’t work, you should take her to the nearby hospital. I think the front desk of your hotel should be able to make arrangements for her to be sent to an appropriate hospital.
A： Oh, that’s helpful. I can buy the medicine over the counter, right?
A： You did well. Have a nice day.
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