Hello. May I put my bag here?
A:Yes, please do.
A:Please tell us your name.
My name is ....
A:Would you tell us where you live?
Yes, I live in Hofu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
A:What's the name of your city again?
It's Hofu city.
A:Where is it?
It's at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture and it faces the Inland Sea.
A:OK. Now, I'm going to ask you some questions. Is it true that Japanese men say bad things about their wives in front of others? Have you ever heard about this or could you explain what's going on there?
Yes, I've heard that some men used to call their wives "gusai"...
A:Yes, would you tell us more about it.
OK. "Gusai" literally means "foolish wife". Some men used to call their wives "gusai" in order to be humble and polite in front ot other people.
But I think lots of wives were not happy about this.
I think they might also be shy to talk about their own wives with others. But that doesn't mean that they don't love their wives. I think some Japanese husbands are more willing to show their affection for their wives at home. Personally, when I get married, I would like my husband to show his affection for me not only at home but also outside of the house to some extent, and not to be too humble in front of others.
A:Thank you very much. Next, would you tell me what "tanabata" is?
Yes, according to a legend, "tanabata" is on July 7th, when a star prince and a star princess can meet by crossing over the bridge made by lots of stars.
At some elementary schools, children write their own wishes on a piece of colored paper and hang them from the branches of bamboo trees. They also make some other decorations using "origami" square colored paper and hang them as well from the bamboo trees.
A:So, "tanabata" is a very lucky day, huh? What's the luckiest number
I guess it's "777", in the case of Pachinko ...
A:All right, then, what do you think about the current fad for the planet Mars in Japan?
I personally take this event very seriously.
Because it's a once-in-a-lifetime event and it makes me feel very romantic when I look up to the night sky which is filled with lots of stars including this reddish, clearly visible Mars. But I think the way the Japanese mass media treated this event is not satisfactory to me. Because they treated this as if we could see Mars only on one night. The truth is we can still see Mars, even tonight, so they should make a documentary program to keep track of Mars in the longer term.
A:Thank you very much. Is there anything you want to ask to her?
OK. That's all for the interview. Thank you.
Thank you very much for taking time for me.
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