A: Good afternoon.
B; Please be seated.
B: Now could you tell me your name and where you live?
My name is XXX and I'm from ..... prefecture.
A: Oh, ......
A: Now, what is the difference between shrines and temples?
Well, first of all, shrine is for Shintoism, and temple is for Buddhism.
The easiest way to tell the difference would be in temple there
is a gate with doors but temple has a torii. Torii consists of two
upright posts connected at the top with two crossbeams. It is usually
And in temples, there are lots of cemeteries.
A: I see.
A: Could you tell me about Okinawa?
Well, Okinawa is a place where Karate, one of the martial arts was
Also there are lots of beautiful beaches in Okinawa. So many people
visit there and enjoy swimming.
A: When were the Summer Olympics held in Japan?
Well, several years ago, we had the Summer Olympics in Japan. And
Japanese players did a pretty good job.
A: When was it that the Olympics last held in Japan?
Um, I'm not pretty sure, but I think it was two years ago.
A: I heard there is a rainy season in Japan. What is it?
Ok, in Japan we have four clear seasons, but there is a rainy season
between spring and summer. It rains a lot in this season, so people
have a hard time playing outdoors. However, rainy season is good
for farmers because it brings good crops.
A: How is the climate in winter in Okinawa and Hokkaido?
Well, Okinawa has a mild weather in winter. In Okinawa, it isn't
as cold as Tokyo. In Hokkaido, --- you are asking me about summer?
A: No, in winter.
Oh, winter. Of course in Hokkaido, it is very cold. It snows a lot
but you can enjoy skiing there.
A: So it's not so cold in Okinawa. I don't have to wear a thick
coat in Okinawa?
Um, you don't have to.
A: How has Japan been modernized since the Meiji Restoration?
Well, first of all, there were lots of automobiles. And lots of
highways have been developed.
A: I see.
A: Would it be all right to wear a bathing suit in Onsen?
When you go into a public bath?
Well, usually people undress when taking a bath. I think you do
the same. You should not have anything on it. But if you really
do mind taking a bath with other people, you can ask-- you can use
the bath in your own room.
A: Some people enjoy fishing. What kind of fish can we fish in the
river in Japan?
Well, we can fish --- many kinds of fish. For example, trout. Rainbow
When I took my students to camping, they caught rainbow trout and
broiled them and ate for lunch.
A: Do many people still enjoy fishing?
Yes, but compared to long ago, there aren't as many people, because
there are more varieties of entertainment or ways of enjoying ourselves.
A: Could you tell me Japanese way of writing system?
In Japan we use 3 characters in one sentence. Kanji, or Chinese
characters, hiragana and katakana. Hiragana is character --simplified
from Kanji. And we use Katakana for the words that came from foreign
countries, so called loan words.
A: Why do you use Kanji?
Well, we can use one Kanji for describing certain things, so, it
is more convenient for us to use Kanji.
A: Ok, thank you very much.
B: Thank you very much.
Thank you very much. Nice talking to you.
Thank you for your time.（あわててどもりがちになった）