B: Good afternoon. Please have a seat.
B: Can you tell me your name and where you are from?
My name is .... I'm from ....
A: How are you?
I'm a bit nervous, but I think it's natural.
A: Yes, it's natural, but if possible, try to relax.
I know, I'm trying my best.
A: OK, I'm going to ask you a couple of questions. First question for you is ... what are some of the reasons for Japanese people's longevity?
Well, one of the major reasons for it is that Japanese diet is healthy. Especially, when today's elderly people were young, they were poor. So, they couldn't eat much meat, or other high calorie food. That kind of diet happened to be healthy diet.
A: Do you think it's changing now?
Yes, I think so. Today's young people eat much meat and intake lots of fat. So, when our age group grow old and become elderly, I don't think we will enjoy so much of our longevity.
A: So, being poor in healthier?
Yes, in a way.
A: My next question for you is ... Today, many people use electronic dictionaries. What do you think about that?
Well, yes....（考える）many people use electronic dictionaries. I teach English and all of my students have one. I don't have one, and I'm really eager to get one some day. Electronic dictionaries are very useful when we want to look for words very quickly. However, when we use electronic dictionaries, we can't learn words' opposite word, or other varieties of word forms. With paper dictionary,it's easy, because they are on the same page. So, paper dictionary has its merits. I think we need to have both.
A: OK, both .... OK, another question... How do you explain "igo"
to foreign tourists?
Igo? You mean the board game?
OK. Igo is a kind of board game played between two people. The objective of the game is to capture the opponent's stone by surrounding them. Black and white stones are used. The game ends when the board is filled with stones or when the possibility of gaining territories are exhausted. Igo used to be a very popular game, but today I don't think it's so popular anymore, I'm afraid.
A: So, it's not popular?
I think the popularity is declining. The objective of the game is very difficult to understand. I think that's one of the reason. We have similar board game called shogi, which is similar to Western chess. Shogi is more popular, because it's easier to understand. I have never seen anyone who know how to play igo.
So, it's difficult.
Yes, it's very difficult. My high school teacher was a semi-professional igo player and he once told me how to play igo, but I didn't understand. Sometimes, I see TV programs showing igo game, but I never understood.
A: I see. Do you think igo is men's game, or women's game?
I think it's more of a man's game, because the game is purely strategic. Women are more emotionally oriented, so I think men are better at this kind of strategic things.
A: I see. Thank you very much.
Thank you. I really enjoyed the interview.
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