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[ Battle of the Insects ]

Hey Mike, did you know Japan has some pretty amazing insects!?

Oh, yeah? Tell me about it!

Out of all the bugs in the world, which do you think is the most brutal bug?

Well, I've heard some spiders are pretty brutal... like the black widow! Apparently, the female black widow spider, who is a whole lot bigger than the male, eats the male after mating!

Ha ha. That IS a pretty big sacrifice just to get laid!

Ha ha. So, what bugs do YOU think are savage killers?

Well, I think ants are pretty cool.

Ants? Ants are so annoying: always trying to steal my food!

Yeah, but ants wage war against each other! They are one of the few other animal species, besides humans, who have wars!

I thought we were the only species that stupid! You know, I think those terrifying Japanese giant hornets should be the winner! They are venomous, and they even kill a few dozen people every year, not to mention they freak the bejeesus out of me.

Ha ha. Hey, I just heard about giant hornets recently! Did you knoif a giant hornet finds a honey bee hive, it leaves pheromones to attract other giant hornets. Then, loads of these hornets destroy the entire bee hive in just a few hours? That's something like 30,000 honey bees! They even dismember the bees and take them back to the nest to feed to their larvae.

Wooooah. That IS disgusting! It would suck to be a bee! How does Japan even have any bees left, if they are all killed like that?

Well, unlike European honey bees, Japanese honey bees apparently have a defense against giant hornets. If a giant hornet goes into the bee hive, they all surround it, making a sort of ball around the hornet. Then they beat their wings so fast that the inside of this ball becomes so hot, the hornet dies!

Wow, I suddenly like bees!

[ Living in Saijo, a Rural Area ]

Yesterday I just finished moving into my apartment, so today I was thinking about having a look around Saijo. Would you like to join me?

Yeah, sounds great. I've been here for a year, so I can be your tour guide! It must be tough for you, to come to a new country and live in such a rural area like Saijo.

I don't think it'll be too bad. So, what do you normally do for fun?

Well, a few of us like going out drinking. There's a few good izakayas around here.

Oh! That doesn't sound too bad.

We can also go to karaoke, and the Game Centre is nearby. Oh, and down the road a bit there's a place we go to shoot pool sometimes.

That sounds like fun! We should go some time!

If you want to look around, Saijo is the 'capital of sake'. We have the breweries near the station. They're cool to look at, and you might even get a few samples.

Yeah! I really want to check them out!

In October there'll be the annual Sake Festival. The area close to the station is packed with people and stalls. And there's an all-you-can-drink area with sake from all over the place.

That sounds awesome!

Yeah, but other than that, there's only the Kagamiyama Castle ruins, the ancient burial ground, called a 'kofun', and there might be international events where people gather to talk and practise their language skills. Besides Japanese friends, you might even meet people from lots of other countries.

That's so cool!

Yeah, but it must be tough to adapt to such a small town...

Hey, are you listening to me? You listed so many interesting things! I'm sure I'm gonna love the Saijo area!

[ The Things a Guy Will Do for a Girl ]

Hey, did you hear about what Suzuki-san is doing during Golden Week? It's ridiculous!

No, I didn't hear. What's he gonna do?

Well, I heard from Tammy that she heard from Kazuya that Suzuki-san is going to walk all the way from Hiroshima University to Hokkaido!

From here to Hokkaido in a week? Walking? That sounds highly impossible. Not only that, but Suzuki-san is a chain smoker. He gets winded just walking from the library to the cafeteria!

Ha ha. I KNEW you wouldn't understand, Kimberly.

What's THAT supposed to mean?

Look, Suzuki-san isn't doing this because he wants to. He's doing it because he got invited to go by Sarah Fisher.

Sarah Fisher? That fitness freak who scaled Mt. Fuji on a tricycle?

That would be the one! Suzuki-san's madly in love with her, and he'll do whatever she asks!

Well, she IS like the most popular girl in school, so it isn't too surprising she has that effect on a guy like him.

If you ask me, he's just acting like a desperate loser!

Maybe you're right.

Uhhh, Kimberly, something came up. I gotta go.

What? I thought you said you were free all day? What is it?

Sarah Fisher just invited me to free climb the biology building! I gotta go!

Wait!... Ah! And he said SUZUKI-SAN was a desperate loser?

[ It's Important to Be Honest during Interviews ]

Alright... how are you, sir? I'm Candice, and I'll be interviewing you today.

Hi Candice. It's nice to meet you.

Oh my! Your hand is a bit sweaty!

Can I be honest with you, Candice?

Sure, in fact I'd prefer it.

I'm a bit nervous about this whole interview thing.

That's perfectly fine! It's normal for people to be nervous during interviews. It's a part of human nature.

But this isn't just ordinary interview anxiety. I'm nervous because... um... because I've done some horrible things. Unforgivable things. Things that if you ever found out about them, you probably wouldn't want to give me this job, or even look me in the eye!

OK, well, now that you've brought it up, I feel inclined to ask you what these "horrible" things are.

It all started last Wednesday. I was at the local Walgreens, buying some candy. I then decided to buy a birthday card for my mom, and I forgot about the chocolate bar in my hand... I walked out of the store without paying for it! I wanted to go return it, but by the time I noticed I was half-way home!

Um... Well, that's an interesting story.

I knew you guys would find out during the lie-detector test so I thought I'd just get it off my chest now.

Lie-detector test? Um... this is an interview for a position as a janitor at McDonald's. We don't do lie detector tests. In fact, if that's the worst thing you've ever done, you might just be the best employee we've ever had! You're hired!

Really? You mean it? Yippee!

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