Staff: Hey James, how’s it going?
James: Good, you?
Staff: Great thanks, I’m happy it’s going to be spring soon.
How do you like the spring season in Japan?
James: I love spring here. The temperature is perfect and
the sun is usually out. I also like how people’s attitude
changes in spring with the likes of ‘hanami’ parties
and generally spending more time outside.
Staff: Is it the same in the UK?
James: There are similarities, sure. But we don’t have
the same culture of visiting parks so often that comes
from the love of cherry blossoms in Japan.
We do have a lot of hay fever though in the UK, just like Japan!
Staff: Interesting…. Many people in Japan go to the doctor’s or
take medicine, it has been more severe lately. How about the UK?
James: I’d say that it’s less common for people to suffer
from hay fever in the UK. Many do suffer but
I think in Japan the percentage of the population is
higher. In the UK we just take some tablets.
I’ve noticed that the tablets in Japan are stronger!
Also, in the UK we don’t wear masks over our mouths at all,
that’s unique to Asian countries!
Staff: Yes, I’ve heard that! Last spring was your first spring
in Japan, right? What did you do?
James: Well, my parents visited me for the first time so
I spent a lot of time with them. My mum was OBSESSED
with cherry blossoms so we went to Showa Kinen Park,
Kunitachi, Meguro, Kawaguchiko and more.
It was like a cherry blossom tour- she loved it!
I was a little bored of cherry blossoms after so many, if I’m honest.
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