B:Pease put your belongings on the desk.
B:Please have a seat.
B:Please give us your name and where you are from.
My name is .... I’m from .... City, southwestern part of ....
A:My name is .... and nice to meet you.
A:Outside is very cold today? How do you feel about it?
Yes, it is cold but I feel good because the cold weather make me refreshed. I like winter in Japan. I hope you will enjoy this weather as well.
A:I like a winter in Japan because I’m from England and used to a cold weather. Compared with a winter in UK, it is comfortable for me, not so cold and not humid.
A:Ok. I would like to ask you several questions as a foreign tourist in Japan from now on.
B:Exactly when Typhoon come to Japan?
Typhoons hit Japan from August to October. On average it hit the country 3 or 4 times in a year. But, please don’t worry too much. Japan has a good prediction system where Typhoon will go and you will be safe if you have the information from the broadcasting.
B:There are so many earthquakes in Japan. What should I do when I feel earthquake.
First of all please don’t be panic and put your head in a safe place like under the table. Then, after the tremor stops, please go to the evacuation area in your neighborhood. There is always evacuation area designated by a local government. When you go there, please follow the instruction from a municipality officer.
B:I would like to buy camera. Where should I go?
Do you want to buy a disposable one or the expensive Japanese product?
B:I would like to have the one I will use it for a long time.
I understand. I would recommend going to Akihabara. There are so many electric discount shops. Please bring your passport for your shopping there because you can buy the camera by tax free.
B:How can I go to Akihabara?
It is very easy to go. Akihabara is near to Akihabara station on Yamanote line. Yamanote line is very famous railway and circulating around Tokyo. You can easily go there.
B:Can I really easily go there?
The exact route depends on which hotel you are staying, so please let me know where you are, I will check it for you.
B:There are so many Buddhism statues in various poses and I can not understand which is which and what they mean. Could you explain about it?
You can see many Buddhism statues at temples in Kyoto, Kamakura and those kinds of historical sites. Most common one is Buddha statue making circle on there knees like this. (Making a pose in front of me) this is expressing their reach to enlightenment. As other kind of Buddhism statue, there is the one making very scary faces. They are protecting main Buddha as a guardian as Dirk King.
B:I heard Geisha, Maiko or Geiko and those kind of Geisha related words, but I cannot understand what they are. Can you explain it?
Maiko is apprentice Geisha who are in the course of training to become real Geisha. Geisha is kimono- clad female entertainers who are trained for Japanese art, dancing, singing and conversation to serve to guests as a hostess. Their entertaining skills are said to reach arts level.
B:Where can I see Geisha?
I would recommend you to go to Kyoto. Some restaurant and hotels have a connection with Geisha house and you can enjoy dinner with Geisha with an advance arrangement. (実際は紹介がないと難しく、非常に高価であることをすっかり忘れていました。)
B:How can I go to Kyoto?
There is “Shinkansen”, a bullet train with Japanese advanced technology from Tokyo station or Shin-Yokohama station, if you are staying in Kanagawa prefecture. You can go to Kyoto within 4 or 5 hours directly from Tokyo. (このころにはかなり舞い上がり、まったく違う時間を答えてしまっていました。)
B:What is Enka?
Enka is Japanese musical ballade which is very popular among aged people. It is compared with Country music in the United States. Theme of the songs or relics describe broken heart, sentimental feeling to home town and love. (aged peopleという失礼な表現もしてしまいました。)
B:Thank you very much. That is all.
Thank you very much. It was very nice meeting you. （日本の方に）失礼します。