B : Good afternoon. Could you tell us your name?
My name is ...
A : Where do you live?
I live in Meguro Ward, Tokyo.
A : Let me ask you a few questions. Why do Japanese often clap their hands when they conclude some ceremony in their company?
Well, I think it has to do with the old Japanese custom of festivals. In the old days, we were all farmers and we celebrated the harvest by clapping our hands singing songs. Maybe that's why they like to clap their hands.
A : But I often see Japanese clapping their hands during ceremonies. Why is that?
Japanese people generally like to do the same thing together. It derives from Japanese groupism.
A : Groupism ...
A : OK, next question. Today, there are many people engaged in walking activities. What do you think about this?
I think it's very good. Walking is very good for health. It doesn't take much time, and it doesn't cost much money. Also, it doesn't put a burden on your heart, bones, or legs.
A : Do you do such activities?
Yes, I often take a walk around my house.
A : Let me ask you one more question. Could you tell me about "setsubun"?
Yes, "setsubun" is a bean-throwing ceremony held on February 3 or 4. It is held one day before the first day of spring. Bean-throwing ceremonies are held by Shinto priest and Buddhist monks in the hope that the ceremonies will bring good fortune and drive away evil spirits.
A : Drive away evil spirits ... and they are held at shrines and temples.
A : What kind of beans are they?
I think they are soy beans, hard soy beans.
A : OK, time is up. Thank you very much.
Thank you very much.