B： What is your name? Where are you from?
My name is … I am from Uji City in Kyoto Prefecture.
A： If a foreigner wants to send a souvenir from Uji, what do you recommend him to send?
I think tea will be good. Uji is famous for the production of tea, and the quality of the tea produced there is the best in Japan.
A： Recently international marriages have been increasing in Japan. Why do you think there are a lot of international marriages?
In former times Japan was an isolated country and the people didn’t know much about foreign countries and the people living there. But now a lot of foreigners come to Japan and a lot of things in other countries are imported so Japanese people have come to understand foreign people and foreign things. They thought foreign people are kind and found their good points. They realized there is no difference between foreign people and Japanese as human beings.
A： These days foreign festivals such as Halloween are held and are popular among Japanese. What do you think about this trend?
I myself don’t like this trend. It is encouraged by merchants.
A： I think there are a lot of festivals in Japan which come from other countries other than Christmas or Halloween. What is this?
A： What is Tanabata? I don’t know it. Please tell me.
Tanabata Festival is held on July 7. On this day people set up bamboo branches outside the home and they attach strips of paper on which they write their wishes to the branches. On this day, Cowherd and Weaver, meet each other. They can meet only once a year.
A： Oh, I see. Is it from China?
Oh, yes. It derives from a Chinese legend.
A： All right. We have finished all the questions.
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