A: Please take a seat
Yes, thank you.
A: Be careful of the chair.
Oh yes, it moves.
A: Yes, it's a problem.
B: Your name please.
My name is XXX.
A: Beautiful day, isn’t it?
Yes, very.? The leaves are just changing color.
A: In Canada we have gingko trees like here.? They are beautiful bright yellow.? I don’t know what they’re called in Japanese.
A: Yes!? How did you know which tree I was talking about?
We know the gingko tree.? Do some people in Canada also eat the gingko nuts?
A: I’m not sure.? My grandmother has a huge gingko tree, and the tree has berries that are… stinky (一同笑う).? I hear just the female trees have berries?
Yes, that’s right.? We eat the nuts in the berries.? I heard that recently some westerners eat them too because they are nutritious.? That’s why I asked.
A: Well, that’s good to know.? I’ll have to tell my grandmother.? In Canada you have to be careful what berries to eat(一同笑う).? OK, first question is about he weather.? What is the weather like in the winter in Okinawa and Hokkaido?? Are they different?
Yes, they are very different.? In Okinawa, it is quite warm and you may not even need a jacket, although you will need long sleeves.? In Hokkaido, there will be a lot of snow, so I recommend heavy coats and shoes that do not slip, preferably boots.? It will be extremely cold in Hokkaido so even if you are dressed very warm, I do not recommend staying in the cold for too long.
A: That leads to my next question.? Would you recommend Okinawa or Hokkaido to visitors traveling in winter?
It will depend on what the person is looking for.? If the person is thinking of getting out of the cold, then I’d definitely recommend Okinawa.? I think winter in Okinawa is also very sunny and quite stable weather.? But, if you like the cold and want to see snow, then you should go to Hokkaido.? Especially if you ski or snowboard, Hokkaido is the place to go since you won’t be able to ski in Okinawa.
A: Yes, that makes me want to go to Hokkaido.? OK, what are the different kinds of letters used in Japanese writing?
I would say there are 4 kinds.? The first are the Chinese characters called Kanji.? And skipping second and third, the last kind is the roman letters or the alphabet.? Romanization is necessary because without this there will be no way to communicate Japanese words to foreigners because the letters used in Japanese are so different.? Now, going back to the second and third types of letters, they are the letters unique to the Japanese language called Hiragana and Katakana.? They are both phonetic letters, and Hiragana and Katakana represent the same sounds but Hiragana are cursive letters and Katakana are angular letters.
A: How many letters are there in Hiragana and Katakana.
Oops… let’s see… I think… it was… fifty something letters.? Sorry I will have to count them.
A: How about the Chinese characters?? How many are there?
I think it is not possible to count the number of Chinese characters that exist because there are so many, but if you have a few thousand characters in your vocabulary, you should be able to read most things that are around.
A: Hmm… a few thousand…
Yes, not too difficult?
A: Let me ask about the modernization of Japan.? What drove the modernization after the Meiji Restoration?
I think it was a combination of many factors and there is no one reason, but I think the largest factor was that Japan realized that we needed to quickly learn from the West and westernize, especially the technology and industries.? I think this willingness to learn and adapt to the West was the driving force.
A: Was this easily done?? Where people able to change that quickly?
I think Japanese people are good at incorporating new changes.? So, although I would not say it was easy, and there were quite a bit of struggle, we welcomed the change for the most part.? At first, Japanese people are hesitant to changes, but once we embrace the need to change and decide to do it, we are quick learners.
A: Yes, I was kind of thinking of the Last Samurai.? I guess not everybody wanted to change.
Yes, that’s true too.
A: Last, a very quick question.? Can I wear my bathing suit in an onsen?
Ah… I would have to say at most onsens this is not allowed, but some large onsen facilities like a resort type onsen or onsen theme parks have unisex onsens and onsen pools where swim suits are required.? So, if you really want to wear your swim suit in an onsen, you should look for these facilities.
A: Thank you
Thank you for your time.
(面接室の前で待っているときにいくつかの面接室から笑い声が聞こえたので安心した。 隣の面接室から”I will take you to Meiji Shrine”と聞こえてきたので都内観光がでてくるかなと思っていたが、でてこなかった。 私の面接の後の人は”Shinto Shrine is…Buddhism…”というのが少し聞こえた。 通路が静かなときは声の大きいところだけ少し聞こえてきた。)