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A&B&C: Good afternoon.

B: Please sit down, if you like, you can put your bags on another chair.

(後ろにもう1つ椅子が壁にくっつけて置いてあった。)

B: Please tell us your name.

My name is ○○○○.

B: OK. Please tell us where you live.

I live in ○○○○ city. It’s in the south part of Osaka.

B: Thank you.

A: Now, I’ll ask you some questions. The first question for you is the one about social affairs.

(何と言っていたのかはっきり覚えていません。)

A: How do Japanese celebrate the National Holidays in the United States?

(質問を正確に覚えていません。)

About the National Holidays in the United States?

A: Yes.

Japanese celebrate Christmas and St. Valentine’s Day, but not in a religious way. We exchange gifts.
Japanese tend to maintain the harmony, so gift-giving is considered essential. That’s why on Christmas and St. Valentine’s Day, we exchange gifts.

A: How do you feel about the Japanese way?

I think importing the holidays from foreign countries and changing them into the Japanese way is not bad. But I guess many Japanese don’t understand the original meaning in the United States. Recently Japanese celebrate Halloween, but most people don’t know the origin. I don’t like our celebrating Halloween.

(悪くないと言っておきながら、口が勝手に「嫌い」などとついてしまい、この辺から何を言っているのか分からなくなる。ハロウィーンの前で止めておけばよかった。)

A: You like the Christmas and Valentine’s Day, but why you don’t like Halloween?

(やっぱり突っ込みがきた、と思った。)

Because Halloween is a new event, and haven’t been familiar to us.

(何と言ったか覚えていない。まだ日本の社会に浸透していないから、と本当は言いたかった。)

A: OK. Next question is about a Japanese custom. Why do Japanese …?

(死んだ人を見たら親指を隠す迷信はなぜか)

(身を乗り出して)

Pardon me?

A: (同じ質問)

(何のことか理解不能)

I’m sorry I don’t understand your meaning.

B: Japanese tend to conceal the thumb when they see the dead.

(親指を立てて説明されたので「人に指をさすこと」と勘違いしてしまう。)

It means it is rude to point the thumb to someone?

B: No, it’s opposite, to conceal the thumb.

(親指を隠すしぐさをしてくれてようやく理解。)

Oh, OK. I’m not sure the reason, but I guess it is rude to point the thumb to the dead, because Japanese respect ancestors.

A: OK. The last question is Japanese culture. Please imagine you’ll explain to foreign people. What’s nabe?

Nabe is a Japanese hot-pot meal. It’s very delicious and nutritious and easy to cook. Because a wide variety of ingredients such as vegetables, meat and fish are just boiled together in a large pan, and seasoned with soy sauce and salt. Usually families and friends gather together at the table and enjoy cooking, talking, eating, and sometimes watching TV. Moreover, eating from the same pot gives you a nice, cozy sense of togetherness. So, nabe is very good meal, especially in winter.

A: (初めて笑って) OK. Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.

A: Have a nice afternoon.

Thank you, you too.



 
 
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