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B : What is your name, please?

My name is ....

A : What do you think about the Hanshin Tigers winning the baseball championships?

I think people are a little too excited about that. I heard the news on TV that more than 5,000 people jumped off the bridge into the dirty river, and one of them died after hitting his head. It's terrible but I think we should say it's lucky we've had only one person killed.

A : Yes, I heard that news, too. So you didn't celebrate their victory at all?

Well, actually, I sort of did. I went to the big bargain sale going on at Umeda. I didn't really mean to buy anything but I bought a nice coat at one of the department stores. I was caught in their trap. So I'm one of the victims of the Tiger's celebration.

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A : OK, this is another topic. What do you think about introducing English education in elementary schools? Do you agree with this or not?

I'm not against the idea, because that will help children learn English pronunciation better. ABut I think , even so, that it should be done only after children have learned their first language at school at least for a few years.

A : So when do you think they should start English education?

Probably around the 4th or 5th year in elementary school.

A : Oh, I see. Now, next. What is "setsubun"? Please explain.

"Setsubun" is a Japanese festival on the 3rd of February. We scatter beans to invite good luck and ... get rid of bak luck, evil. In Osaka, on that day we eat "makizushi" which is vinegared rice wrapped in a piece of seaweed with egg, vegetables, and some other ingredients in the center. When we eat it, we don't cut it into pieces as we do usually. We eat it whole. And there is a certain direction we should look at when we eat the "makizushi". The direction changes every year. I'm not originally from Osaka, so when I first moved to Osaka I learned about this custom.

A : Oh, we do that in Kyoto, don't we? Or did we imported it from Osaka? OK, thank you. That's all.

Thank you.

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