A, B: Hello.
May I be seated?
B: May I have your name and address?
Yes. My name is …. I live in Nerima Ward, Tokyo.
A: How are you?
A: Are you nervous?
A: Don’t worry. I’m going to be friendly, so take it easy. Now I’m going to ask some questions about Japanese culture. First is mmmmmm… What is "geta"?
“Geta” is a wooden clog. It is worn when we wear the traditional Japanese kimono or the “yukata,” a light cotton kimono. These days, we don't wear kimonos so often, because they are a bit difficult to put on and move in. But we often see young women wearing the yukata at some summer festivals. So the “geta” is still popular on such occasions.
A: Ok next question is What is "seijin-no-hi"?
It's one of Japan's national holidays. It's the Coming-of-Age Day. It's a celebration of the young people who have reached the age of 20. Celebration ceremonies are held throughout the nation.
A: Why do some Japanese people hide their thumbs in their fists during funerals?（正確には思い出せないがこんな感じの質問でした）
Excuse me? Thumb?（戸惑う）
I think it is related to religious practices. Actually, I don't know why people hide their thumbs during funerals. I think if you show your thumb, it might violate religious practices.
A: OK, next is … do you think the bubble economy will happen again?
No, I don't think so. People remember what happened after the bubble economy. During the 1990s, many companies faced difficulties. And also, the Japanese economy is not so good at present. So I don't think the same thing we saw during the bubble economy years will happen again.
A: What do you think about the spread of the bird flu?
I'm really concerned about the spread of the bird flu. It is actually difficult for individuals to prepare for this kind of deadly disease. I think the central and local governments should give us appropriate information to prepare for an emergency.
A: OK. The last question is, what is "nabe"?
“Nabe” is a pot. And Japanese “nabe,” or hot pot, is very popular. A variety of ingredients such as vegetables and meat are cooked on the table. And family members gather at the table to eat it. It's good, because it's easy to prepare, and family members can enjoy eating the food while chatting with each other. It's a common thing during the winter.
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