B： Please sit down.
B： Please tell us your name.
My name is ....
B： Where do you live?
I live in Ohta-ward, in the southern part of Tokyo.
A： Thank you for coming today, Ms. ....
A： Why do Japanese people like "ohanami"?
I think that there're some reasons for that. One is that there're many
cherry blossoms all over Japan.
A： Where would you recommend foreign tourists to go to see cherry blossoms?
Let me see ... I was born in Tachikawa city, in the western part of Tokyo, so I would recommend Showa Memorial Park. It takes 30 minutes from Shinjuku by train. It's a huge park. In spring, there is a festival for night viewing and it's very beautiful.
A： What do you think about Japanese women's obsession of character goods like "Kitty-chan" or "Mickey Mouse" ?
Basically, I think it's OK. These characters give them a sense of comfort and healing.
A： Do you think it's strange for women in their 40s or 50s to be fond of "kitty-chan"?
By holding these characters, they feel comfortable and happy. So basically, I think it's OK.
A： Do you have these character goods?
No, but when I was a child, I had "kitty-chan".
A： What's "butsudan"?
"Butsudan" is a place which enshrines the spirit of the dead.
And we offer rice, food and candles on the "butsudan". We can find a "butsudan" in traditional Japanese houses.
A： What's a "butsudan" made of?
I think it's made of wood.
A： Is a "butsudan" very expensive?
Yes, I think it's expensive. But it's a tradition to have a "butsudan" in our homes.
A： So do all Japanese have "butsudan"?
I don't think that all of us have "Butsudan", because unfortunately,
A： Thank you very much.
Thank you very much.
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