C : Could you tell me your name and address?
My name is … I live in Suita City, Osaka Prefecture.
A : How long did it take?
It took about an hour. It's a short time, isn't it?
A : Yes, it is. When did you arrive here?
I arrived here at 9 o'clock. So I had quite a long time to spend here. I found a nice park around the next building, where there are lots of trees and flowers. There I tried to relax myself as much as possible.
A : Good! Now, I'll ask you a few questions. First, Japanese people clap their hands with rhythm on certain occasions. On what occasions do you do this?
I think we clap our hands when we listen to Japanese traditional musical ballads called enka or listening to speeches.
A : Do you clap your hands with rhythm when you listen to speeches?
Oh, no. Not on speech occasions!
A : Well, why do you do this?
We clap our hands with rhythm when we listen to the ballad because we'd like to share the same feeling with other people and keep harmony.
A : OK. Next question. These days, we often see middle-aged and elderly people walking. Why do they do this?
They do a lot of walking because they'd like to be in good shape. Every day I wake up at 5 o'clock to take my dog for a walk and I can see lots of middle-aged and elderly people walking.
A : Why do you take your dog out at such an early hour?
Because my dog has become aggressive these days and likes to fight with other
dogs he meets. So I take him out as early as possible to avoid troubles.
A : OK. So what are those middle-aged people doing besides walking?
Some people are singing, some are doing physical exercises such as stretching. These days, the aging society has become a serious issue in Japan. In addition, on this April medical expenses that we burden increased, to 30% in my case. I am a salaried worker. And elderly people, to 10%.
A : 30%? That's a big number.（驚いた様子だった）
Yes, it is. So we try to keep our health fit by ourselves as much as possible.
A : OK. Next question. What is kaiten-zushi?
Kaiten-zushi means "circulating sushi." In those restaurants, sushi are carried by a conveyer belt. That conveyer belt goes around the restaurant. The belt runs in front of your table, so when you find your favorite sushi, you reach out and take that plate of sushi. In kaiten-zushi restaurants, sushi are moderately priced.
A : Sounds interesting. Time is up now.
Really, it has been so quick.
A : Well, time flies.
Yes, it does.
A, B, C : Thank you very much.
Thank you very much.