A, B: Hello.
B: Please tell us your name and where you are from.
My name is ○○○○, and I'm from ○○○○, in Aichi prefecture.
B: Did you come here today.
Yes, I came here today by train, JR train.
A: Good. Suppose I am a foreign visitor to Japan, and I'm going to ask you some questions about Japanese culture.
A: First, what is "takoage"?
It is flying a kite. There are several kites, such as a Gayra kite which comes from the United States, or other kites with faces of Kabuki actors or other kinds. It is played by boys during New Year's days.
A: Next, what is "hachimaki"?
"Hachimaki" is a head band. It is worn when someone studies, like I do, or would like to concentrate his mind.
A: What is "obi"?
"Obi" is a waist band. There are several types. One is a decorated and expensive one worn by young ladies for special occasions, or another for yukata bath robes, which is very casual.
A: Why do not the Japanese people invite guests to their home?
I think there are two reasons. One is that the Japanese houses are usually small to invite guests, and second, it has been traditionally regarded courteous to invite to restaurants outside.
A: Have you invited guests?
Yes, last summer I had an American youth at the age of my son stay with us for a week.
A: That is a home stay. I have asked whether you have invited guests.
Sorry, I misunderstood. Yes, I have. I invite relatives or friends three or four times a year.
A: Now, I'm going to ask you about current news.
A: What do you think of the ban of American beef?
Well, Japanese are very much concerned about safety of food, but the Ministry of Health admitted the safety of American beef from a medical point of view, and under the pressure from the Unites States. Because of the two elements, Japan has recently lifted the ban on American beef to import.
A: So, do you think the ban is good for Japan?
No, lifting the ban is good for Japan and the United States.
A: I see. Next question. What do you think about the royal family in Japan?
Sorry, what family?
A: Sure. What do you think about the royal family in Japan?
The Japanese Imperial family has a history of more than 2,000 years, and it has a function to unite the Japanese people, especially the Emperor or Crown prince. I think this is the function of the Japanese Imperial family. Even though the young people do not respect them, they may respect them when they are getting old.
A: Good. Thank you for coming.
Thank you for your time and patience. Good bye.
A, B: Good bye.
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