B : Could you tell us your name and where you're from?
My name is … I came from Osaka.
A : Japanese are said to be reserved. Why are they so?
Because in Japanese society modesty has been considered to be virtue. And it
has something to do with Japan's agricultural past. Japan has been a farming country,
so people had to work together in harmony. So, Japanese tend to be modesty.
A : Thank you. The number of crimes committed by young people has been increasing. What do you think about it?
Well, I think today's people are impatient and selfish.
A : On "setsubun," what happens?
"Setsubun" is a bean-throwing ceremony held on the day before the
first day of spring, on February 2nd or 3rd.
A : Is it spring in February? Is it already warm?
It gets warmer in the beginning of April. We do so according to the lunar calendar.
A : So, the lunar calendar is different from …?
Yes, it's a little different.
A : Did you do bean-throwing ceremony as a child?
Yes, I did.
A : Did you enjoy it?
Yes. My parents wear masks of devil or demon and we throw dry beans at them. They tried to get away from us.
A : I didn't know that. Parents wear masks?
Children can wear the masks, too. Anyone can do it.
A : Are beans thrown in the house?
We throw beans toward inside of the home, and toward outdoors too. So, after the ceremony, it took time to clean the room.
A : Thank you.
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