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C:Please tell me your name and where you are from.
My name is ............. I am from Sumida ward in ................
A:Oh,............(知っているというジェスチャー)
C,A: Nice to meet you.
It's very nice to meet you, too.
A:Today it's cold, isn't it?
Yes, but it's nice weather outside.
A: Yes, it's sunny, and no cloud.(と和やかに談笑)
A:So your name, again?

I'm .............
A:Hi,..........., Nice to meet you.
(笑顔で応ずる。)
A:日本の冬について教えてください。
(正確な英語は忘れてしまった。とにかく漠然とした言い方だったので、思わず)
In Japan?(と聞き返してしまう。)
A:Yes, in Japan.
Well,(ちょっと沈黙) we have snow in winter, and along Japan sea, there are a lot of snow. You can ski from Hokkaido to Kyusyu.
A:Oh, Kyusyu, I didn't know that.
A:You say skiing. Where do you recommend to go skiing?
Well,if you are in Tokyo, I recommend going to Niigata prefecture. You can enjoy skiing and beautiful scenery of mountains. It will take only one hour by bullet train or "Shinkansen."
A:Oh, one hour. It's amazing.
You don't even have to stay overnight. You can go by one-day trip.
A:How about Mt.fuji in summer? I would like to go to Mt. Fuji. How can I get there?

Well, you have to use car, but you can access half of the mountain.(observatory pointがあると言いたかったが、いえなかった。)
A: They don't have bus?
Yes, they have bus, too.
A: Nice!
A:Well, you say about cars. My mother drives Honda. What is the biggest car company in Japan?

Toyota is the biggest one.
A:Would you tell me about Toyota?
Toyota is located in Aichi prefecture, central part of Japan.(トヨタの「本社」というのを忘れる。)
I heard this year, Toyota became No.1 car company replacing General Motors.
A: Oh, General Motors? It's also big company.

(環境に配慮した低燃費、低排気量の車を作っているといいたかったが、いえなかった。)
A: How about transportation system in Japan. Isn't it difficult for foreigners?
Well, it's sometimes tricky even for me. But recently, train companies tried to get the train system easier.(かなりたどたどしい説明。)
There are alphabet signs, and also the train company is numbering each station, like No.1, No.2. So if you don't read Japanese, you can get where you want to go. You don't have to get so worried about it. (一部の地下鉄でやっている話を、あたかもどこの鉄道でやっているような言い方をしてしまったと、あとで後悔。)
A: You said about "bullet train". Isn't it expensive?
Yes, but you can get a special ticket for foreign visitors.(passportといいたかったが、単語が出てこなかった。)
It's more reasonable than an ordinary ticket and you can go almost everywhere in Japan by that ticket.
A: Wow. Where can I buy it?
At JR stations or I believe you can purchase it on Internet.
A:Oh, Internet.
A:How about where you recommend to go in Winter in Japan? You said skiing, but how about anything else?(とまた冬の話題をふられる。)

Well, there are many places to go in winter, but if I had to choose one, I'd recommend Hakone. Hakone is mountainous area, but it isn't so cold and there is hot springs, so you can enjoy soaking in the hot springs and also enjoy beautiful scenery.(snowcapped Mt. Fujiと言いたかったが、いえなかった。)
A:How far is it?
It will take about two hours by train from Tokyo.
A:Okay. Thank you.
A:Well, I guess that's it.
(英語の質問が終わりなのだと思って、女性の方を見て、日本語の質問を待っていたが、何も質問する気配がないので、思わず、)
It's done?
A:Yes!
Oh! Thank you very much.
(難しいことは何一つ聞かれず、拍子抜けしたが、逆に冬のことばかりを聞かれてとまどった。冬というテーマで、お鍋といった季節料理の話や、雪祭りの話、正月の話など、いくらでも話をふくらますことができたのに、それができなかったのが悔やまれる。)

 

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