Hello! Good Afternoon! (無理してでも笑顔と思い、思いきりニコニコ)
A, B, C: Hello.（みんなニコニコ）
B: （日本語で「そこにかばんを置いてください」と言われた後）Please sit down.
Thank you. (おじぎをして座る。)
B: Please tell us what your name is and where you live.
My name is …. I live in Yokohama City now, but I’m originally from Takarazuka City in Hyogo Prefecture.
A: OK. Why do you think international marriages are increasing?
The increase in international marriages? (思ってもいなかった質問で思わず繰り返してしまう)
A: Yes, international marriages.
Ah … as the world becomes more globalized, more and more Japanese go abroad, and they have more opportunities to meet various people. The number of people who decide to get married with someone regardless of their nationality is increasing. Japanese are a broad-minded people, so I think the number of international marriages is increasing.
A: Why do Japanese take off their shoes before entering their house?
It seems a little strange for foreigners, right? But, it is customary for Japanese to take off their shoes before entering the house. I think it is because that Japanese are fond of keeping their houses clean. If they don’t take off their shoes, they might bring in soil and trash with them. (明らかにおかしなことを言っている・・・「ほこり」と言いたかったのだが,trash などと言ってしまった。) So, they take off their shoes.
A: OK. (少し？な表情だったので)
Ah … and, to relax. To relax, Japanese take off their shoes. (とあわてて付け加えた。）
A: OK. Thank you. What do you think about children using cellular phones?
I think it is basically a good idea. Recently, more and more terrible incidents (accidentsと言ってしまったかも) involving children are happening. So if children have cellphones, they can inform their parents of a dangerous situation if it happens. So I think it’s useful. But the parents should be careful. They should monitor the children so that they don’t use their cellphones too much, because they cost a lot! (ここで3人とも少しだけ笑ってくれた。)
A: OK. Please describe the following word. What is “kanzashi”?
“Kanzashi” is a traditional Japanese hair accessory. It is used when we wear a kimono, or a Japanese-style dress. There are various kinds of “kanzashi” such as those in the shape of a wisteria or even a bird． (そんなものあったっけ？) They look very beautiful. I think it is a good souvenir for foreigners！ （自信満々に言ったが、内心ちょっと不安。）
A: OK. Thank you!
( 一瞬終わりと気付かず) You are welcome!
Ah・・・（ここでやっと終わりと気付き）Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
Goodbye! Thank you.
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