Interview with Stefan

Today, we would like to introduce one of our returnees, Stefan from Germany, who has come to Asahi Nihongo for the third time:

A “Hello. I’m Hikaru, an intern here, and I would like to ask you some questions.”
S “Hello Hikaru. I’m ready.”

A “First of all, may I have your name, please?”
S “My name is Stefan Reimers.”

A”Would you mind if I ask how old you are?”
S”I’m 40 years old and started learning Japanese five years ago.”

A”Five years; that’s quite a long time! By the way, where are you from?”
S”My hometown is Hamburg, Germany.”

A”Why did you decide to come to Japan?”
S”I’m working as a pilot for a German airline. When I was 7, I traveled with an airplane for the first time and I’ve been fascinated with planes since then. After finishing school, I became a pilot with 24 years. I’m quiet busy, especially in summer, though winter is not as bad. Therefore, I decided to study Japanese in my free time.”

A”Wow, you are a pilot? That must be a really exciting job. Why did you choose Fukuoka?”
S”It was winter when I first came to Japan in 2011 and I wanted to stay in a place that wasn’t too cold. I looked for schools in Okinawa but couldn’t find a suitable one, so I settled with Fukuoka.”

A”Interesting. What would you like to do in Fukuoka?”
S”I really want to travel and visit Kurokawa, a city to the east of Fukuoka.”

A”I see. What is your favorite place in Fukuoka?”
S”That would probably be Dazaifu. It is exciting to see the shrines and the beautiful nature and you can experience Japanese history at the Kyushu National Museum. I also like Tenjin because can meet a lot of people at any time of the day.”

A”You can see beautiful plum trees in Dazaifu now.”
S”Yes. I went to Maizuru Park yesterday. The plum trees there were so beautiful.”

A”Last question: What is your favorite Japanese food?”
S”I love vegetable Tempura with Udon. There are Tempura restaurants in Germany as well but the dishes are very expensive. I don’t really like Natto though, but I would eat it if I had to.”

A”Thank you very much Stefan. Please enjoy your stay in Japan.”

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