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B : Could you tell us your name and where you're from?
(笑顔で)

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.
(modestとするべきでしたが、気付いたときは遅かったです。かなり説明不足。自己主張や個性の強調は嫌われると加えたかったのですが、途中でうち切られた感じ)

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.

(ここで少し黙ってしまった)
It's a little difficult question. Another reason would have something to do with the current economic situation. Japan has been in an economic recession. In such a social environment, it would be hard for young people to be positive and even have dreams for the future. I hope parents and teachers have opportunities to discuss the problem with such young people.

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.
(日を忘れてしまい、最初、3月と言ってしまった)
At temples, shrines, and at home, bean-throwing ceremony is conducted in hope that good fortune will come true and bad fortune will be kept away.

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.

Thank you.


 
 
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