Nice to meet you.
B： Please tell us your name and where you come from.
My name is ….. I live in … city in Aichi Prefecture.（I come from…と言えばよかった。）
It’s near Toyota city.
A：「豊田の近くなのね?」という顔。OK. I will ask you some questions. First, although Japan has been pretty much influenced by Western culture, why have Japanese been able to maintain their unique culture, at the same time?
A： Difficult question for you first, huh?
Yes, it’s a difficult question.と言っている間に質問のポイントを忘れてしまい…。
A： One more time?
That is because Japanese people are conservative. Although various aspects
of Western culture have come into Japanese society, Japanese have, at
the same time, tried very hard to maintain their own traditions. However,
this trend is gradually changing now, because many young people are keen
to take in aspects of a new culture.
A： OK, next. Why do you think is the number of international marriages increasing?
More and more foreign people come to Japan these days. So, there are an increasing number of opportunities for Japanese to meet foreign men and women. Since I am a single, I don’t mind the nationality of my prospective husband, if I get a chance to meet someone foreign….（「本当は日本人がいいわ」と思いつつも、にこやかに言った。）
A： What do you think of an increasing number of child abuse cases that have been reported on newspapers and other media these days?
I feel very sad about this situation. Parents, teachers, and people in the whole community should work together to solve this type of problem. Maybe, we can start by saying hello to children in our community….
A： OK. What is nabe?
Nabe is one of the popular foods in Japan especially during winter. The ingredients include tofu, mushrooms and vegetables. Nabe is popular, because everyone can join in its preparation. We eat while we cook it. Having the same nabe together at the table would encourage the people to have more active conversation.
A： Are there some different kinds of nabe?
Yes. There are sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, and so on.
A： What is your favorite?
There are some different kinds of soup for nabe. I am from Aichi Prefecture, and in Aichi, Okazaki city is especially famous for red miso. People living in Aichi like using red miso very much. For example, we eat noodles in miso soup, and we eat pork cutlet with miso sauce. So, I like nabe with miso suop.
A： Sounds good.（「今日のランチにでも食べにいかなくっちゃ」というようなことを言う。）
Yes. Come to Nagoya.
A： Thank you. OK, that’s all for you today. Thank you.
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