A, B, C : Good morning.
C : Please tell us your name and town or city you live in.（とてもゆっくり）
My name is … I live in Sakai City in Osaka.
A : Sakai … It's famous for something.
Yes, it is. A famous female poet called Yosano Akiko was born in Sakai.
A :（思い出したように）Oh, yes.
And it's also a birth place of Sen-no Rikyu, tea ceremony founder.
A : Yes, then Sakai is quite a famous place, isn't it?
Yes. Thank you.
A : Now, I'm going to ask you why Japanese are so keen on examinations for qualification.
I think it's related to the current recession. Economic situation is bad and
unemployment rate is high. People feel … insecure.
A : Why do Japanese want to achieve something?
Maybe it's related to … Japanese work ethics. For Japanese, it is important
to work hard. Taking holidays is regarded as lazy. We think we should work hard
to achieve something.
A : I see. People in other countries envy Japanese, then.
Yes. Maybe so. Still, although Japanese have been working hard, Japan is still in recession. So, I think we should learn how to relax, how to take longer vacation as well.
A : 100 yen shops are very popular in Japan now. What do you think about this?
I think it's good. I myself sometimes, often, use a 100 yen shop. Goods are
cheaper and quality is not bad. People like it because it's in recession now,
so we need cheaper goods.
A :（にこやかに賛成するようにリフレーズしてくれて）How they make profits by producing such cheaper things.
Yes. Workers work at lower wages.
A : Nowadays it's popular even in US.
A : Please tell me about "hanami."
It literally means flower-viewing, actually cherry blossom viewing. Japanese like cherry blossoms very much, so we enjoy viewing them. There is even cherry blossom front forecast on TV. One of my friends from abroad was very surprised. It shows how much we like them. It is said that samurai warriors liked cherry blossoms. Because the blooming period is short and they fall in full bloom. Therefore, they liked cherry blossoms. And I think we also （inheritと言いたかったが単語が出てこず）have this kind of mentality. Anyway, without explanations, cherry blossoms are beautiful and we enjoy them. We also enjoy spring time.
A : I see. And how do you do flower-viewing actually?
A : And what do you do? Only viewing?
Oh, we eat and drink under the trees. We bring lunch boxes, neatly prepared lunch boxes. We eat it and … with beer. So there are many drunken people too, this is a little bit embarrassing.
A :（うなずいて）All right. Thank you.
Thank you. Bye.
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