B: Please leave your bag on the desk behind you and have a seat.
B: May I have your name?
My name is XXX.? I am from YYY City in ... Prefecture.
A: Okay, I am going to ask you a question from Japanese geography.? How can I go to Mt. Fuji from Tokyo?
If you were to go from Tokyo, take an Odakyu Line from Shinjuku Station and head for Hakone.? In Hakone there are many hot spring resorts and you can see the great view of Mt. Fuji from Lake Ashi.? There are local trains running from that area so you can get to Mt. Fuji in those trains. (期待している回答が出せずにいたら試験管たちの表情が曇っていたので正直に伝える。）To be honest, I have never climbed Mt. Fuji nor went to see Mt. Fuji using public transportations.? I always go to see Mt. Fuji by car and I often recommend foreign tourists to join one of those excursion tours. It's much easier and saves a lot of time.
A: Tours? (不思議そうな表情で。)
Yes, Japan Graylines Tour or Sunrise Tour.? They have pick up and drop off services to and from hotels in Tokyo and English guide will attend those tours.? Also, if you have an international driving license, renting a car and going on your own may be nice.
A: I see. Renting a car might be a nice idea.? Which lake is famous around Mt. Fuji?
You can see a beautiful cone shape of Mr. Fuji from Kawaguchi Lake.
A: How about if I go to Mt. Fuji from Kansai Airport, how should I go?
Like I had mentioned earlier, I am sorry I don't know which station is the nearest to Mt. Fuji but you should take the Hikari or Kodama Shinkansen bullet train to some station in Shizuoka Prefecture and take a local train from there.
A: Alright. When did the shogun system end?
The shogun system ended in 1868. After the system ended, Meiji Restoration occurred and a lot of Western culture was introduced to Japan.
A: What did the last shogun do?
The last shogun from the Tokugawa family had a difficult time being a shogun in those days.? There were wars between people who were supporting the emperor and who were supporting the bakufu or Tokugawa shogunate. He had suffered to make a decision to return the governing power to the Emperor and opened the country which had been isolated for a long time.
A: Okay, now about a culture.? How do you take a bath in Japan?
You should wash and rinse your body outside a bathtub and should not drain the hot water unless you are the last person to take the bath.
A: How should I take a bath in hot spring?
Some foreigners might hesitate, but you should take all your clothes off.? You can't wear bathing suits. Wash and rinse your body outside of the bathtub before you soak in a tub and you are not allowed to take a towel and soak in a hot spring in a tub.
A: Yes, towel.? I have to remember that.? Next question.? When is the best season to visit Japan?
I think spring is the best season to visit Japan.? It is not too hot or not too cold and you can enjoy viewing the cherry blossom flowers.
A: Where can I see the cherry blossoms?
You can see cherry blossoms all over Japan but in Tokyo, they bloom for about a week between the end of March to the beginning of April and I recommend you to go to Ueno Park or Chidorigafuchi which is around the Imperial Palace.? You will see many Japanese having picnic parties under the tree!
A: That sounds interesting.? Alright, what Japanese food would you recommend to a foreigner?
Since most foreigners already know sushi, I would recommend shabu-shabu.? Shabu-shabu is a dish of thinly sliced beef and vegetables cooked in a shallow pan at a table.? The ingredients are quickly boiled in broth, and then eaten after dipped in a special sauce.? There is another similar type of dish which you cook beef and vegetables at a table called sukiyaki but many foreigners do not like to eat raw eggs so I recommend shabu-shabu.? It is a very healthy dish with lots of vegetables.
A: Yes, I can't eat raw eggs so I would prefer shabu-shabu, too.? Okay, that's all for today.
A: Your interview is finished.
Oh, thank you.? Thank you for taking time for me.? Good-bye.
A: Good-bye.? Have a nice day.
Thank you. You, too.