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Hello! Good morning. (自然に)
A, B: Hello! Good morning. (同様に自然に)Please tell us your name and where you live.
My name is XXX. I live in YYY city, ... Prefecture.
B: Please say it again, what city? (聞きなれない名前だったのでもう一度)
I live in YYY city.
A: I'm a foreign tourist coming here in winter. I'd like to ski in Japan. Could you tell me which place should I go?
I think you should go to Zao in Yamagata Prefecture because there are famous hot spring resorts beside the good quality of snow and beautiful scenery.
A: Can I enjoy hot spring?
Yes, you can get good relaxation after enjoying ski.
A: I heard Japan had Winter Olympic game before. Where was it?
Yes, Sapporo held Winter Olympics many years ago.
A: Where is Sapporo?
Sapporo is in Hokkaido, northern island of Japan, and Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido. The quality of snow in Sapporo is said to be very fine as it contains less moisture like powder.
A: Was there another place which had Olympics near Tokyo? (初めから長野市の答えを期待していた様子で誘導質問)
Oh! Yes, Nagano city had the Winter Olympics too.
A: How far is the Nagano city is from Tokyo?
It takes about two hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen, bullet train.
A: OK, I learned there was a political power called Shogun in Japan. Please tell me when Shogunate ended.
Shogunate system ended in mid 19th century.
A: Could you tell me the difference between Shogun and Tenno?
Shogun is usually translated as generalissimo, the highest ranking of military. Tenno was the ruler who appointed the Shogun as administrative head of the country. Clear difference is shogun ended in mid 19th century but Tenno is still exists.
A: What is Tenno's roll in politics? Is he same as president in USA?
He had strong political power in the past, but after the World War Two he became the symbol of the country. So he has no more political power.
A: So is there any political roll which is same as American Presidency?
Yes, it is the prime minister.
A: Oh! Yes. Then who is the prime minister now?
Current prime minister is Yasuo Fukuda. His father was prime minister too. When his father was prime minister in Japan, U.S president was Ronald Regan. (レーガン大統領かカーター大統領か一瞬迷ったが、レーガン大統領で押した)
A: Oh! Yes. It's like George Bush and his father. I'm interested in historic sites in Kyoto. So I would like to visit Kyoto. How Can I get to Kyoto?
You should take Shinkansen, bullet train. It is very comfortable and convenient. It takes less than two and half hours from Tokyo to Kyoto for you by shinkansen.
A: Is there another way to get to Kyoto?
You can make use of air flight. It takes less than one hour from Tokyo to Osaka, and you can use local train from Osaka to Kyoto. But considering the transition time from city center to airport and waiting time at airport, it takes same time as you use shinkansen.
A: How about cost?
I think air flight is more expensive than shinkansen.
A: How much is that?
One way ticket by shinkansen is about 12,000 yen while 15,000 yen by air plane. If you have travel plan one month ahead, you can apply for discount ticket which is same or lower than shinkansen.
A: Is there another economical way?
Oh! Yes, if you want, you can use night bus service from Tokyo station. Usually it starts eleven o'clock or mid night from Tokyo and arrives at Osaka or Kyoto very early in the morning. I think facilities are not so bad, there are good reclining seat and toilet also they offer blanket if you need. Cost is about 7,000 yen.
A: Which do you recommend?
I recommend shinkansen because it is very comfortable and you can relax yourself and enjoy the scenery through the window, and you can enjoy meal, box lunch and any beverage from juice to alcohol such as beer or sake is available.
A: Oh! We can enjoy beer in the car. OK, Thank you very much today.
Thank you very much. ( と二人に笑顔で挨拶、割とスムーズに、自然に話が弾んだと思います)
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