B : Good afternoon.
Good afternoon. May I have a seat?
B : Yes, please. Please tell me your name.
My name is ...
B : Where do you live?
I : live in Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture.
A : Now, I'm going to ask you some questions about the Japanese. Why do Japanese smile when there's no reason to smile?
They smile to cope with an awkward situation when they can't be assertive and say "no" clearly. Japanese people are shy, they're not used to expressing themselves, and probably this comes from a lack of confidence.
A : My next question is ... What's "bunka-sai"?
"Bunkasai" literally means "culture festival". It is usually held at schools such as high schools, universities, and even vocational schools. Students engage in a variety of activities. They set up restaurants and show films.
A : What do you think about the increase in the number of women working in society?
I think it is a good trend. There are many talented women. However, this is also causing a tendency to marry later. Since they are financially independent, they don't have to rely on somebody. And they think that living on their own is convenient and comfortable. However, I think more working women means more options for women. I think this is good.
A : OK. Time is running out. Thank you very much for coming.
B : Goodbye!
Goodbye, thank you!
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