A: Please take your seat. Put your bag on that chair. What is your name?
My name is ○○.
A: Where are you from?
I'm from Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture.
B: I have some questions for you. What do you do on New Year's Day?
On New Year's Day, people visit a shrine and a temple and pray for happiness
and good health for the year. We drink toso, or a sweet sake flavoured
with herbs, which we believe drives away evil spirits and promotes good
health. Also, we eat zoni soup and osechi ryori which are special dishes
for the New Year.
B: What do you do outside?
Hanetsuki is the traditional New Year's game.
It is similar to badminton and is played with an ornamented wooden paddle
and a shuttle made from a small rounded wooden piece attached with feathers.
B: The birth rate is very low in Japan these days. What do you think
The latest birth rate is 1.29 and I think this is too low.
However, I think the declining birth rate is natural repercussion of the
changing role of women in Japanese society.
As more women work they are getting married late and having fewer children.
It's almost impossible to reverse this trend.
My elder daughter is 30 years old, but is still studying at a graduate
I have never recommend her to get married.
If we worry about the decreasing number of workers and the increasing
number of elderly people, we should work out some measures other than
just to increase the birth rate.
Some of the possible solutions could be the extension of the retirement
opening up Japanese immigration to accept more capable workers from abroad.
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B: What is "tansu"?
That's a kind of wardrobe. It's a traditional Japanese wardrobe.
It has several drawers which are convenient to store kimonos. We don't
hang a kimono but fold it and put it horizontally in a drawer, so tansu
is suited to keep kimonos.
A: Do you add anything else?
I have no idea.
A: That's all for you today. Thank you for coming.
Thank you for interviewing me.