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Good morning.

B: Good morning. You can put your bag on the chair.

Thank you.

B: Please have a seat.

Thank you.

B: May I have your name and where you're from?

My name is .... I'm from ....

A: Now, I will ask you some questions. Why do Japanese clap their hands at the same rhythm on certain occasions?

At parties, we want to finish the occasion in a happy way. In Japan, we think harmony is important. If the party is related to business, we want to keep good relationships with our business partners so we clap our hands.

A: Why do you think Japanese people have long lives?

The Japanese life expectancy is longer when compared with other countries. I think there are some reasons. One of them is that in Japan, we have a universal health insurance system. So if someone gets sick, he or she can go to hospital. Another reason is the Japanese diet. Japanese food is good for health.

A: Now, I'd like to ask you some cultural questions. What is "obon"?

"Obon" is on August 13 to 16. We visit our ancestors' graves or relatives' houses to have special services. There are some people who take trips because there are four or five days of holidays.

A: Why do you float food or candles placed in a basket down a river?

"Obon" is a time to welcome the spirits of our ancestors, and with food and candles floating down a river, we give our farewell to them. They go back to heaven that way.

A: Recently, lots of people are using electronic dictionaries. What do you think about this?

I think it's good. I use one myself, and it's very convenient. It's not heavy. I can look something up either in English or in Japanese, anywhere.

A: Is there any disadvantage to electronic dictionaries?

Yes, one of the disadvantages is that with the book type dictionary, the pages are wider. When you look up idioms or some expressions, you can see a large page to find the expression. However, the electronic dictionary has smaller pages. We can't see a lot.

A: I want to conclude the questions.

Is the interview finished?

Yes.

Thank you very much.


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