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B : Please tell me your name and where you're from.

My name is .... I live in ..., ... Prefecture.

A : I'm sorry to have kept you waiting for a long time.

That's OK.

A : Now, I'll ask you some questions. What is "higan"?

"Higan" is the weeks centering on the vernal equinox day and the autumnal equinox day. During the week, Buddhist temples hold special services and people pay their respects at their ancestors graves.

A : Next question. In Japanese elementary schools, English has begun to be taught. What do you think about this?

I think it's a good idea. In my case, when I was in junior high school, I started to study, English. So it took me a long time to master English. I'm still a bad speaker. So, I think it's better to start learning languages at an early age.

A : Why is English taught instead of Chinese?

I think Chinese is spoken by many people, but English is spoken in many countries. So it is more useful to learn English in order to communicate with foreign people.

A : Why do you think Japanese like having massages and aromatherapy these days?

Most Japanese workers are suffering from stress from their work, so it is a good way to relax.

A : What is the difference between "onsen" and "sento"?

There are so many volcanoes in Japan, so Japan is rich in hot springs. One the other hand, "sento" is a public bath and can be a meeting place for the people living in the neighborhood.

A : What is "tsukudani"?

It is a kind of preserved food boiled in sweet soy sauce. The ingredients are meat, fish, and shellfish.

A : Well, thank you for coming today.

Thank you.


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