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A: Good afternoon

Good afternoon

A: Please sit down.

Thank you.

A: I came to Japan several months ago. Where would you recommend I visit?

I’d like to recommend Hakone. There are many hot spring resorts there, and you can enjoy beautiful scenery there.
Access is easy from Tokyo. It takes about an hour or so by train from here. The views of Mt. Fuji from the train add to its attraction.

A: Would you explain what tsukimi is?

Yes, it’s “Moon Viewing.” It is done on the night of the full moon in autumn. Offerings of rice dumplings, pampas grass, and fruit are made to the moon. They are placed on a stand set up on a veranda.

B: Why do they offer rice dumplings? Are they for the moon or for the family?

They are offered to both. They signify our appreciation for a good harvest.

B: Would you explain the two main religions in Japan?

Shinto is a religion indigenous to Japan. It is polytheistic. Its gods are worshipped at a shrine called jinja. Most festivals in Japan are held in dedication to the gods of local shrines. And Bukkyo is Buddhism. It was founded in India and introduced through China to Japan in the 6th century. It teaches a way to enlightenment. It has exerted a lot of influence on the spiritual and cultural life of the Japanese.

B: Why do those religions coexist in Japan?

Though in Europe they believe in only one god, we visit a shrine on New Year’s Day and make prayers. We go to Buddhist temples on other occasions such as funerals and death memorial services.

A: I’ve seen people with their thumbs folded in their fists at funerals. Would you explain why they do that?

I’ve never seen such a thing myself….
B: (笑いながら) I’ve never seen it, either. Thank you very much.

Thank you.
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