B : Mr. Tanaka, where do you live?
I live in Musashino City, west of Tokyo.
B : Where are your parents from?
My mother was born in Tokyo. My father was born in Okayama Prefecture. I was born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Izu Peninsula.
A : Why do Japanese clap at the end of parties?
Claps are made for signalling the end of a party, and I think it is related to religious rites. People clap when making wishes at shrines. People pray that the party will be successful in the future, too.
A : What is "bunkasai"?
Bunkasai is held in junior and senior high schools. Students enjoy various events. For example, there are stands for "yakisoba" or broiled noodles, and grilled octopus dumplings.
A : When are "bunkasai" held?
They are held in October or November.
A : What do you think about children going to cram schools?
They go to cram schools to supplement their studies after going to regular schools.
A : Why do children go to cram schools?
Entrance examinations are very competitive. They have to study hard at cram schools, otherwise they cannot pass the examinations for prestigious schools.
A : Is it good or bad for children?
I think it is bad for children because they cannot play with their friends and parents after their regular school classes finish.
A : I think it's time to finish. Thank you.
Thank you very much.