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Good afternoon. May I put may bag here?

(席につく際、スペアーの席があったので。)

B:Yes.

A:Your name, please.

I am ....

A:Where do you live?

I live in ....

A:Now I will ask you several questions. Why do Japanese people clap their hands at the end of ceremonies?

It is a sort of Japanese custom to clap our hands toward the end of ceremonies and maybe to solidify the group spirit. We are group-oriented. So it is important to solidify the spirit of the group if you are a member of the group. Maybe, originally it is related to Shinto rites.

A:What is Shinto?

It is Japan’s indigenous religion.

A:Why do they clap their hands in Shinto?

To arouse the spirits which we worship at the shrine.

A:To wake up the spirit?

Yes.

A:How do you wake up the spirits?

You clap your hands twice and bow like this.

(実演付きで説明。)

A:Good. Next question. What is "onigiri"?

It is a rice ball, hand-shaped and wrapped with dried seaweed. It is good for lunch, especially if you go hiking. You make "onigiri" and put it in a lunchbox and carry it in your bag. It is very convenient.

A:How large is it?

It is about the size of a ball used in baseball.

A:So large?

Much smaller than a baseball, but it depends on the person. Young men would prefer a bigger one but young women may prefer a smaller one.

A:Is there nothing inside? It does not seem nutritious.

Yes. We usually put "umeboshi", a pickled plum, in it. Or seafood like baked fish.

A:Is "onigiri" eaten only outdoors?

No. My wife often prepares "onigiri" when I come back late.

A:As a light meal?

Yes.

(次の質問を手元の資料から捜して。)

A:Japanese seem to do a lot of walking recently. Why is this?

In order to keep physically fit. We, especially middle-aged people, need exercise to keep fit. Walking is the cheapest exercise and it's easy to do. Actually, walking is my favorite exercise. I do walking on almost every weekend.

A:OK, it's finished. Thank you.

So short?

A:Yes. We have already asked you three questions.

Thank you. I enjoyed talking with you.

 

 
 
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