B : Hello.
A : Please sit down.
B : Would you tell us your name and where you came from?
Yes, my name is .... I came from ....
A : OK. Please relax as much as you can.
Thank you. I'll try.
A : I will ask you some questions, and we'll be together for about five minutes.
A : The first question is, why do you think many parents send their children to "juku"?
Well, that is related to the school system, especially the entrance exam system.All universities and high schools require entrance exams. So parents send their children to prepare for the exams.
A : So regular schools aren't good?
I wouldn't say they're not good, but many people think it's not enough, because
the exams are getting tougher.
A : OK, the next question is related to the first one. What do you think about the increasing number of crimes committed by young people?
I think it is very sad, and I feel disappointed too, especially when I hear about the crimes committed by juveniles such as stealing money from elderly people. I think we used to care about other people more, but nowadays, lifestyles have changed. People's lives have become much busier, and we don't think about other people, we just think about ourselves. But anyway, it is very sad, and I really think that we have to do something to change the situation. It is not only a problem concerning young people, but it has much to do with us adults, and the whole society.
A : So it has to do with society too?
Well, first the family is at the base, then the society comes next.
A : I see. OK, the next question is, how would you explain "ochoko" to foreigners?
"Ochoko"? Oh, OK. "Ochoko" is a small cup for sake, that is Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice.
A : OK, so that is to drink sake.
Yes, there are small ones for each person.
Then there is another size a little bigger. First, you pour sake from a big bottle into the bigger "ochoko", and then you pour sake from that "ochoko" into the smaller one.
A : Is that the only cup for drinking sake?
No, there are several other kinds. One is a wooden cup for cold sake. There is also one made of glass, which is used for cold sake.
A : Are all "ochoko"s small?
I think so.
Yes, as far as I know, they are about the same size. There are different shapes and designs, but the size is pretty much the same.
A : I see. I think that is very pretty.
Yes, actually, I know that many foreigners like to take them back as souvenirs. And of course, you can use them for any kind of drink or anything you like.
A : OK. I think that's all. Thank you for coming.
Thank you for your time.
A : Thank you, and have a good afternoon.
Thank you, you too.
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