A： Good afternoon.
C： Please put your bag on that chair and have a seat.
C： Did you come here from home, or from work?
I came here from home.
C： Now we're going to ask you two questions and maybe some more questions will come from her about Japan.
C： First of all, can we have your name?
My name is ○○.
C： So Koga-san, where do you live?
I live in Shinjuku, near the Metropolitan Government Office.
A： Now I'd like to ask you ... What is a misconception between Japanese and people from overseas?
Misconception between Japanese and people from overseas?
The one I experienced was that those who have never been to Japan still think we wear kimonos in our daily life.
A： Oh,you don't wear it every day?
No, only on ceremonial occasions, because it is very difficult to wear them.
A： Yes, it is difficult. Okay , next question is ... what do you think if Japan's emperor was a woman?
I think it is no problem. We had some female emperors in ancient times.
A： Okay. Could you tell me about the tea ceremony?
The tea ceremony is called "cha-no-yu" in Japanese. It started in the Muromachi period,
and now it is regarded as teaching manners and ...
it was meant to teach manners. The green tea used in tea ceremonies is not the same as what we have in daily life. It is powdered green tea leaves in a teacup, which is rapidly beaten with a bamboo whisk.
C： Do you like powdered green tea?
Yes, I do like it. I tried it several times in Kamakura.
C： I see.
A：Okay,the next question is ... why do many Japanese make "peace" signs when they take pictures?
Well, I think ... "peace" sign was done by foreign people a long time ago and Japanese just imitated it. They thought it would look much better than doing nothing in front of camera.
A： Oh, so they think it look better in pictures!
A： Okay. Thank you.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
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