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A and B: Hello!

Good morning.

A: Please put your bags on the chair and please sit down.

Thank you.
(名前は聞かれなかったような気がする。 荷物を置いて座る。)

A: Where do you live?

I live in Fujisawa city in Kanagawa Prefecture.

A: Did you come by train?

Yes I did.

A: How long did it take?

About 1 hour and fifteen minutes.

A: Well, in Japan, I heard there are many superstitions.  For example people attending a funeral sometimes hide their thumbs.  What is the reason for doing that and why are Japanese so superstitious?
(私自身、その風習を知らなかったので最初から面食らう。)

What?  Hiding thumbs in a funeral?  Sorry I didn’t know such a custom existed in Japan.
A: Yes!!  Didn’t you know that?
(そこで、その風習のことはさておいて続けた。)
But if you are asking the reason for Japanese being so superstitious, it is because of Japanese Shinto.

A: What is Shinto?

(それ来たと300選を思い出して、)
Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan. Shinto is polytheistic, and there are various kinds of gods in Japan. I think Japanese are superstitious because of Shinto.
(理由付けが足りないような気がするが、言い切る。)
I didn’t know about the custom of “hiding thumbs at funeral?” (両手とも親指を握る身振りでもう一度聞きなおす。)

A: Yes. Are there any superstitions regarding funeral?
(2,3秒考えた。)

Well, there is a custom of sprinkling salt after funeral for purification. When I came back from a funeral, my wife sprinkled salt on me for purification.

A: Oh that is interesting.

(Aは”Hiding thumbs”のことを知らないのは不思議だなという表情をしてBを見ていたが、Bは納得の様子。 そこで一段落して次の質問へ。)

A: What do you think about the bird flu?

(この問題は直前に予想して答えを考えていたので、比較的スムーズに次の答えをした。)
I’m worried about the current situation.  There was a sixteenth or seventeenth outbreak of bird flu in China.
About sixty people died of bird flu in Asian countries such as Thailand and Indonesia. The Government is trying to accumulate “Tamifru”, which is said to be the only effective medicine for the flu. Currently the virus is transmitted from bird to human, but if it is transmitted from human to human and becomes a pandemic, the amount of the medicine is not sufficient. I’m very worried about the current situation.
(Aは答えに満足のようすであった。一段落して次の質問へ。)

A: What is “uchiwa”?
(300選にあったのを覚えていたので、次を即答。)

“Uchiwa” is a round, flat paper fan with a plastic or wooden handle. It is used for fanning a fire or keeping oneself cool. (と自分を扇ぐしぐさで。)
(Aは答えに満足げで、BやCと顔を見合わせて、)

A: Thank you very much.
Thank you very much.


 
 
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