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Voices|Visitor from France Interview in Hongu, April 13, 2011

Visitor Interview in Hongu, April 13, 2011
Male, early 30s

(below image from Hongu festival in Yunomine Onsen)



Where are you from?
>I am from France, but living in the UK.

How long are you travelling in Japan?
>2 weeks

Where have you visited?
>Shizuoka, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima and Yoshino. I am going to go to Takayama, Tokyo and Nikko next. I am travelling with a JR pass.

Why did you come to Hongu?
>My Japanese friend recommend to come here for the festival.

Are you enjoying yourself?

>I have just arrived in Hongu, but it is a beautiful place. I was surprised how many people spoke English here. There is more English and French information here than in Kyoto! Even if people don't speak English, they are very friendly and show me directions by taking me to the place I need to go.

Are you having any problems travelling?
>No, it is very easy travelling in the areas that aren't affect by the disaster that happened a month ago. Many of my friends told me not to go to Japan. They said there was no oil or food in the grocery stores, but this is not true. The media only talks about Fukushima and Tokyo and never mentions the other parts of Japan. It is a very distorted view of the country.

Thank you for your time and enjoy your stay.
>Thank you.

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