A,B: Good afternoon. Please sit down.
A: May I have your name?
My name is XXX. ... is my family name.
A: First name again?
XX. Please call me XY. (とニックネームを言ったのですが、その後使われることはありませんでした。）
A: OK, please explain the winter climate of Okinawa and Hokkaido.
In Okinawa, the climate is rather warm. Okinawa is located in subtropical area. People only need thin sweater in winter. In Hokkaido, climate is very much cold. In Sapporo, the central city of Hokkaido, the temperature reaches minus 10 degree Celsius. In Asahikawa or Wakkanai, it is much colder than that. People wear thick overcoat when going outside. And the fuel cost in Hokkaido is so high.
A: You said funeral? (いえ、お葬式費用ではなく、燃料コストです、とさらにあせり、）
No, sorry, fuel, fuel cost.
A: Really? Then how much will it cost to fill the tank of my car?
The gas price in Hokkaido is more than 160 yen per liter.
So, if the capacity of the tank is 50 litters, it costs more than 8,000 yen, or nearly 10,000 yen.
A: Oh, it's really expensive. So you mean travelling in Hokkaido costs so high?
You don't have to use rent-a-car anytime. Public traffic such as trains and buses are very convenient, and many kinds of bus tours are reasonable and also enjoyable.
A: What is good for sightseeing in winter Hokkaido?
I recommend Yukimatsuri, or Snow Festivals in Sapporo and Asahikawa. Those are so fantastic with big statues made of snow or ice.
A: I heard there is a beer factory in Sapporo. Do you know it?
Yes, I know. It is Sapporo Beer factory. People can enjoy good food such as Jingisukan, or mutton barbecue and sea food, then of course good beer in nearby restaurant.
A: Can tourists see inside of factory?
Yes. Guide tour inside factory is available. Tourists can watch the process of brewing.
A: What beer company is the most popular in Japan?
Regarding the sales scale, Asahi and Kirin are the big two. However, each beer company keeps good customers and it is difficult to tell the best.
A: Then, what beer do you like best?
Beforehand, I loved Kirin lager beer, but now, I like Suntory Super Malts most. Its smell or perfume is excellent and the taste is so deep. I recommend it to the tourists from foreign countries.
A: Tokyo has many good bars. Where is your recommendation?
If you want to enjoy gorgeous atmosphere, bars at top floor of brand-new hotels are my recommendation. If you can enjoy old taste, I recommend Kamiya Bar in Asakusa. Asakusa has many relics of Edo period and Kamiya Bar holds an atmosphere of Taisho period. Taisho period was previous to Showa period. (終わったあとで、西暦で説明すべきだったと強く後悔しました。）
A: Please explain the characteristic of Taisho period.
Taisho period is when Japanese people started enjoying private life. Common people used to visit restaurants and bars. And the idea of democracy spread among people at that period. It was called Taisho Democracy. I think it was a light and open era in Japan compared with the first half of Showa period.
A: I would like to buy a souvenir to my mother in Canada. What is your recommendation?
I recommend a Japanese doll of Odoriko, a girl dancer, or some kind of electronic device. Regarding the latter, you can find good one in Akihabara. I can say Akihabara is a high tech exhibition center.
A: Thank you very much. Let's conclude today's interview.
Thank you very much!