Good afternoon. （笑顔でおじぎをする）
B: Good afternoon, please sit down.
Thank you. I'm very happy to be here.
B: Please tell us your name and where you are from.
Yes. My name is …….
I was born in Fuchi City, Tokyo. Now I live in Tsukuba city, Ibaragi Prefecture.
A: I7m going to ask you several questions. We have 5 minutes. Please relax, make yourself comfortable. Why do Japanese parents let their children go to juku?
That's because the entrance exams to high schools and universities are very
difficult. To enter high schools and universities is very competitive in Japan.
So parents let their children go to juku.
A: Is it necessary?
Yes. Now there are only 5 days for school. The government reduced the 30% of the contents of the lessons. Therefore, children have to make up the contents which are not taught at school. Actually, one of my nephews goes to school because she wants to go to a good university. To enter a good university is very important in Japan to succeed.
A: It must be very stressful.
Yes, it is stressful.
A: How would you explain "Ema" to the foreigners?
Ema is a picture tablet. Usually, its shape is pentagon. A picture of a horse
is on it. And people write their wishes on it and hang it on a tree at shrine.
Actually, this is what I did before I came here.
A: In addition to the wish of passing the English exam, what other wishes do
People wish for happiness and good health for their families. （ここで微笑む）
A: If their wishes came true, what would they do about ema?
If their wishes came true, people would ask them to burn at shrine.
A: What do you think ema is related to?
I think it is related to shintoism, because there is a big shrine in my home town and I have seen many emas there.
A: Oh, it is related to shintoism. Oh, yeah, I've also seen them at shinto shrines. Then, what is ema made of?
It's made of wood.
A: What age do you think English education should start?
I think 6 years old is good to start. It's easier for children to learn listening English pronunciation. I think the government is going to start English education at primary school.
A: Oh, 6 year old.
I started learning English when I was 13 years old. At that time it was difficult to learn hearing and pronounce properly. So younger is the better.
A: I think our time is up. I hope you enjoyed the interview. Please have a
nice day. Thank you very much.（ここでもう一度微笑む）
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