| Good afternoon.
A, B, C: Hello.
B: Please sit down.
B: You can put your bag on the chair.
B: Please tell us your name.
My name is ….
B: Where do you live?
I live in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture.
A: My name is ….
A: I'm going to ask you some questions.
A: You live in Toyonaka, don't you? Why is Toyonaka famous?
I think Toyonaka is a good city because it is conveniently located, yet retains a lot of greenery, relatively speaking. It's only a 15-minute train ride to the center of Osaka, but it is cut off from the hustle and bustle of Osaka. Toyonaka has a comfortable living environment, so it's a good place to live.
A: Toyonaka City is famous because the design of the city is modeled after a city in the United States.
That's news to me. Thank you for your information.
A: How long have you lived in Toyonaka?
I've lived there for about six months.
A: Oh, only six months. Where did you live before?
I lived in Kobe City.
A: Which part of Kobe?
I lived in … Ward.
A: Then, where would you recommend I visit if I go to Kobe?
I would recommend that you go to one of the sake breweries in the Nada District, which is in the eastern part of Kobe.
A: I'm not interested in sake.
Oh, what are you interested in?
A: I'm interested in architecture.
In that case, I'd recommend that you visit a museum in the eastern part of Kobe. I'm not sure what they exhibit there now, but it was built after the Hanshin Awaji Earthquake. Also, the building itself is well-known, because it was built … no, designed by a famous Japanese architect.
A: Who is that architect?
It was designed by Tadao Ando.
A: What aspects of Japanese culture do you think should be preserved most?
I would say many of the historical buildings in Kyoto should be preserved.
A: Could you give any specific examples?
Well, for example, Kingakuj Temple and Kiyomizu Temple should be preserved.
A: What do you think about today's young people?
Well, I think young people today have diverse goals. In the past, getting married and having children was a person's major goal. However, since young people today have diverse goals, they are putting off their marriage.
A: What is "hachimaki"?
"Hachimaki" is a cloth band tied around the head. It is usually white or red and often seen in athletic meets in order to show the determination of a person.
A: Thank you.
（Thank you. と言われたのでこれで終わりかと思ったが）
A: What do you think of an empress ascending the throne as a Japanese monarch?
To be frank with you, I have some reservations about having an empress. I don't mean to be a male chauvinist, but I believe the most important thing about the emperor system is continuity and consistency. In fact, all emperors so far have been heirs from the male line of the Imperial Family. So, having an empress, which means we don’t continue this tradition based on the female line, will…
compromise this long-term practice.
A: That's all. Thank you very much. I enjoyed talking with you.
Thank you very much. Goodbye.
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