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Hello.

A,B : Hello.

B : Please sit down.

May I put my bag here?

B : Sure, please. Please tell us your name.

My name is ....

B : Where do you live?

I live in a small town named Heguri Town, Heguri-cho. It is in the north-western part of Nara Prefecture. It is near the border between Osaka and Nara Prefectures.

A : Are there any famous temples around there?

Yes, there's a very famous temple named Horyuji Temple. It's on the World Heritage List. Horyuji Temple is about 15 minutes by car from my house.

A : Oh, that's great. When I heard "north-western part of Nara", I thought of some temples. I'm planning to visit there next week. There's a mountain there, and it's a calm place.

Yes, it's a peaceful place. I like it. When I come back to my town, I always feel relaxed.

A : OK. Now I'll ask you some different questions. In Japan, many people have business cards and exchange them with each other. Why is that?

Well, the name of the person and the position in the company are typed on on business card. It is convenient for them to do business. When you have business cards from other people, you can see their names and positions, which help you to remember those people.

A : It's convenient.

Yes, the names and positions are typed on it.

A : Yes. In Western countries, simple cards are often used. What about in Japan?

Only names are on Western business cards?

A : Yes.

Well, some people may use such cards, with only names on them. But such cards are not so popular in Japan compared to Western countries.

A : OK. I'll ask you another question. Recently in Japan, there is an increasing number of crimes by young people. What do you think about this?

Juvenile delinquency has been increasing in Japan, especially recently. I think education is important. Today, many children live separately from their grandparents, and they don't have opportunities to be taught by their grandparents about what is wrong and what is right. Today, social values are changing and family values have changed. Education at school and at home is very important.

A : Which do you think is more important, education at school or education at home?

I think both are important, but for a small child, education at home is very important.

A : OK. In Japanese wedding ceremonies, I see many couples change their clothes many times. Why is that?

Well, most Japanese people think that weddings are a very important in their lives, so they change clothes to make their wedding a grand affair. And the wedding industry encourages people to do so.

A : That's OK. If you have finished, we'll go ahead.

As for me, I prefer a modest wedding.

A : That's all for today.

Thank you. Goodbye.


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