A&B: Good evening.
A: Please put your bag on that chair.
A: Please sit down on the chair.
A: Our interview will be around eight minutes. At first, can we
have your name please?
My name is ........... .
A: Where are you from?
I’m from .........., .......... Prefecture, around the mid-point
between downtown ...........and ........... Airport.
A: In this interview it is assumed that we are both tourists from
the US and you are our tour guide.
A: We are interested in Japanese electronic shops in Akihabara.
Where should I go?
I recommend you go to Lion. I think Lion is good.
A: Lion? What is it?
It is a name of an electronic appliance shop. Oh, I missed the name.
The name is Laox, not Lion.
B: Is it easy to go there? Is it near from the station?
Most of electronic appliance shops are located within 5-7 minutes
walk, and you can also ask some train officers at the station.
B: Is there any place we should go to other than electronics shops?
Any other place in Akihabara?
Let me think--.
A famous beef restaurant named ----, sorry I missed the name.
B: what kind of food can we eat there?
I’ve just remembered it. The name of the restaurant is “Niku-no-Mansei.
They serve every kind of food of meat, including meat of pig (porkと言うべきだった).
They have several branch restaurants in Tokyo.
B: Any other one?
I recommend the Museum of Traffic Facilities, but I am not sure
it is still located there. Some newspapers once reported that it
was going to move to Omiya, Saitama Prefecture. If it is still there,
they display very old locomotives, trains, etc.
A: I see. I heard such news, too.
B: Any other?
B: Around Akihabara, or within ten minutes by taxi.
Then I recommend Sumo Museum at Ryogoku. You can go there by JR
train 2 stations. There are displays all about Sumo, including its
history. Sumo is Japanese traditional sport, but now Sumo wrestlers
are coming from everywhere in the world and so the Sumo has become
a world-famous sport, now. Historically, Sumo originated as a religious
rite, so even now, women cannot go up in the ring, since the Sumo
ring is considered a sacred place. In the old days, women were considered
somewhat dirty, so any woman was not allowed to enter sacred places.
For example, women were not allowed to climb up to Mt. Fuji, because
the mountain was a religious target and considered sacred.
B: Oh, really? When the women were allowed to climb the Mt. Fuji?
I’m not sure about time, but maybe the time of Meiji Restoration,
namely mid-19th century.
A: I see. Regarding Mt. Fuji, we can view the Mt. Fuji very clearly
from Tokyo in this season. Why is it clearly viewed in winter?
Because in the winter, the air is clean with no great deal of particles.
Such particles in the air prevent us from viewing Mt. Fuji from
A: I see. Then why is so in the winter? Or, can you show me the
Well, this is the characteristic of Japanese climate, combined effectｓ
of the topography of Japanese archipelago and the winter monsoon.
Japan, in Honshu mainland, has several high mountain ranges located
in some length in the central zone. In the winter, the monsoon comes
from the northeast. The wind or the air includes vapor or humidity
over the Japan Sea. It reaches Japan’s Japan Sea coast side and
the wind comes up the high mountain ranges. The air is cooled down
and the humidity in the air changes to the precipitation. The precipitation
at very low temperature changes to snow, falling down on the Japan
Sea coast side.
On the Pacific coast side, after the window comes over the high
mountain ranges, it has no great deal of particles of humidity
B: Does the air become dry?
Yes, the air is now very dry on the Pacific coast side, with no
great deal of humid particles in it. So we can view Mt. Fuji very
clearly from Tokyo in the winter.
A: I understand the mechanism of this phenomenon.
Thank you. In spring and summer, it is very humid in Japan, so we
cannot clearly view the Mt. Fuji. The humidity, great deal of particles
in the air, prevents us from viewing Mt. Fuji clearly.
A: I understand your explanation well. Now, we are going to finish
our questions. Thank you.
２人に向かって、Thank you very muchを繰り返して退出。
１) 予想してなかった秋葉原に関する質問で、あがってしまっていたのだろう。 「Laox」 「肉の万世」の名は分っていた心算で話始めたが、その場になって出て来なくなってしまった。