(Knock, Knock) May I come in?
B: Yes, please.
B: Good morning.
B: Please have your seat.
B: May I have your name?
My name is ........ I'm from ........ prefecture.
B: Where in ....... do you live in?
I live in ........ city; it's the center of ........ prefecture. It is about 20 km from Tokyo.
B: Thank you very much.
A: Mr........., I'd like to ask you some questions.
A: First of all, please tell us a good way to get to Mt. Fuji from Tokyo.
From Tokyo, a fast way is to take Shinkansen to Shizuoka and you can take local train to Numazu or take a bus from there to Mt.Fuji. It's the fastest way. You can take Fujikyu train; it is the easiest way to go there.
A: How high is it?
It's 3776m. All Japanese know that. (laugh)
A: Is it a dormant volcano or active volcano?
It is a dormant volcano. In Edo period it was active but not now. So it is very safe. So you can climb up to the mountain.
A: Do people climb to the peak all year around?
All year around, but in winter only specialists climb up to the mountain. One of my coworker climbed in winter and fell from it, so I recommend you not to climb in winter. (laugh)
A: Why are there so many hot springs in Japan?
As I said, there are some volcanoes, including Mt Fuji, though they are not active. So, magma attitude, movement is active underground so, there are many hot springs in Japan.
A: Could you tell us how to bathe in a hot spring in Japan.
In Japan, okay, firstly you should take a small towel with you and firstly you wash your body and put your towel on your shoulder or on your head and soak in the bath. That's the way.
A: Do you like hot spring?
Yes, I do. I like to go to Ikaho for hot springs. It's not so far from Saitama prefecture. It's in Gunma prefecture. There are good hot springs there.
A: Why do you like to go to hot spring?
Because we can relax and enjoy chatting with other tourists. Tourists there are mostly long-time staying there so they can chat easily, so.
A: So, could you please tell us a little bit about Shogun.
Shogun is the guard for the emperor. So Shogun serves as a guard for the emperor and protects Japan as a representative of Samurai soldiers. So it protected Japan from Kamakura period to Edo period for more than 1000 years and protected Japan from enemies from outer countries and things like that.
A: When did the last Shogun rule Japan?
It was about 150 years ago and Japan opened its country and the Shogun, the last Shogun returned the control to the emperor, so that is the last Shogun.
A: Who was the Shogun?
Yoshinobu. Tokugawa Yoshinobu is the name of the last Shogun.
A: I know about Samurai. What were other types of people living in Japan at the age of Samurai era?
All kinds of people, all kinds of industry like in the western world. People in agriculture and people in manufacturing industry and merchants and all kinds of people were living in.
A: And the last question. What is the best way to get to Tokyo to Osaka?
Shinkansen, the bullet train is the fastest and the most convenient way. Because Tokyo station is within easy access. Haneda airport is a bit too far from central Tokyo. You have to go there and in Osaka the airport is a bit too far from central Osaka. So I recommend you to take Shinkansen to go to Osaka.
A: Please tell us about Shinkansen.
Shinkansen, okay, I think it is the most sophisticated Japanese technology. It's very fast, one of the fastest trains in the world, and safest, there has been no accident, no serious accident happened during these 30 years or so, It is the fastest and reliable and you can enjoy the trip.
A: So Mr. ......... That's all for today.
Thank you very much.
A: Thank you very much.