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Good morning.

A, B, C : Good morning.

B :(座ることを指示してくれる)

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.
(この語が出てこず、もごもご言ってしまった)
To secure their jobs, they want qualifications. It's also Japanese want to achieve something and work hard regardless of age. Lifetime learning is very important. Japanese have this kind of mentality.

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.
(あまり説明になっていないがうなずいてくれた)

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.
(相手がだまっているのでもう少し言おうと思って)
But sometimes I wonder how they did it?

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.
(文章にならず。でも明るく終わるべきだということを思い出して)
Anyway, it's good that we could have these things at cheaper prices.

A : Nowadays it's popular even in US.

Is it?

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?

(それを具体的に言っていなかったと、少々あせりつつ)
We go to parks where … For instance, there is Maruyama Koen park in Kyoto. There are many beautiful cherry trees. People go there sometimes after work, or even take holidays to appreciate the blossoms.

A : And what do you do? Only viewing?
(と、さらに説明を求めてくれたので)

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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