Good Morning! How are you?
A: Good morning, I’m fine thank you. How are you?
I’m very fine, thank you.
A: Can I have your name, please.
Yes. My name is ---
A: Where do you live?
I live in ... city.
A: ... Prefecture?
Yes, ... is a capital of ... prefecture.
B: I am a traveler and I like winter sports. Can you tell me where a good place to enjoy winter sports is?
Well, as you may know, Japan is a mountainous country and there are many good skiing or snowboarding resorts. If you do not have enough time, I recommend you to go to Naeba. Naeba is only two ours drive from Tokyo.
B: I do not have a driving license. Can I go there by train?
Yes, you can take a Shinkansen, bullet train, heading to Niigata. Naeba is very close to the train station.
B: Is there anything to do other than skiing?
Yes, many ski resorts offer you hot springs. You can enjoy hot springs after skiing and relax.
B: Can you suggest some etiquette foreign people should know in hot springs.
Yes, you can not wash yourself in the bath tub. You should take shower outside the bath tub.
B: Ok, I will change the subject. I heard that some big battle held in Hakodate before. Can you tell me something about that?
Well, Hakodate.? Yes. At the end of Edo period or beginning of Meiji period, the last people of Tokugawa government fought with new government people in Hakodate.
B: Why in Hakodate?
Tokugawa government gave up the capital Edo, now Tokyo, to prevent Edo from fire, and run away to north, through Tohoku and finally to Hokkaido.
B: They were escaped to Hokkaido?
B: What is Shogun?
Shogun is a top post of military government. Actually, Emperor appoints Shogun but Emperor is only a symbol and Shogun has a real power in the government.
B: Beside traditional aspects, I have strong interest in modern industry. Where can I study some of them and what industry is best to know?
Automotive industry is the most important in Japan. You may know the name TOYOTA, HONDA or NISSAN.
B: Yes, I know well.
Some automobile maker will open there factory to the public in some time. There are big factories such as Toyota in Aichi, Honda in Saitama or Nissan in Kyushu. You can see the most modern technologies there.
B: Do they open anytime?
No, they will open only in some special day, such as the date they started the business and so on.
B: This is a last question. I like to enjoy typical Japanese food. Which one do you recommend?
Yes, there are so many typical dishes, but Sushi should be the best. As our office is in Tsukiji, famous for the biggest fish and vegetable market, I can take you the best sushi restaurant. There are many kind of sushi but I recommend you to take nigiri-zusi.?
B: What is nigiri-zusi?
On top of a small rice ball with vinegar, we put a slice of raw fish such as tuna, squid or others. We eat with soy sauce, just dip in a small pot of soy sauce.
B: It sounds nice. Thank you very much.
Thank you very much indeed. I really enjoyed. Good bye!
A/B: Thank you very much. Good bye.