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Good afternoon.

A,B : Good afternoon.

B : Please put your bag on this chair. Please tell us your name.

My name is ...

B : Where do you live?

I live in ....

A : I'd like to ask you some questions including cultural things. Why do Japanese like aromatherapy, and massages?

I think this has to do with the fact that Japanese are a group-oriented people. In a group we feel comfortable and safe. But much emphasis is placed on group harmony. Because we try to maintain this group harmony, we feel nervous and tired. To reduce this nervousness and tension, Japanese tend to get massages.

A : Have you had such massages?

No, I have not. But if I had time, I'd like to have such therapies at any cost. I'd like to have my body massaged after this test.

A : Another question. How do you feel about temporary workers?

It depends on whether they're job-hopping part-timers or temporary workers. If a part-time worker or temporary worker is preparing for something, such as a qualification, then that's fine. On the other hand, if job-hopping workers are working without any purpose, then they should consider their future more seriously. Because their position is very vulnerable, they may not be able to pay for premiums for pension and health insurance.

A : That's interesting. What are the advantages of temporary workers?

Advantage ... Temporary workers have enough time with which they can do what they want. For example, I have aged parents. If they become sick, I have the time to take them to a hospital.

A : That's interesting. Next question is about Japanese culture. How would you explain "higan"?

"Higan" is the days centering around the equinoctial weeks, the vernal and autumnal equinoctial week. "Higan" is a Buddhist ceremony. People visit temples and pray at their graves. To celebrate this occasion, people make "ohagi". "Ohagi" is a small rice ball coated with sweet bean paste.

A : Do you eat "ohagi"?

If I go to my parents home, I can eat it.

A : That's all.

Thank you very much.

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