B: Please leave your belongings on the chair and be seated.
Thank you very much.
B: Please tell us your name.
My name is ○○○○.
B: Where do you live?
I live in ○○○○, Tokyo. Just five stops from here. So it's very close.
A: I would like to ask a few questions regarding Japan. Please consider me a foreign traveler to Japan. I hear that Japanese people do not invite their friends at home, and rather eat outside. Why is that?
I always throw a party at home, and invite my friends and colleagues. However it is true that in many cases, Japanese people do not invite their friends or colleagues. First you need to be very close to each other. Once you get acquainted well, then people well invite you at home. Also usually people do not want to show their house. If it's not tidy or clean, people feel embarrassed. So in many cases people feel more comfortable if they eat outside.
A: Prime Minister's new cabinet was organized the other day. What do you think about his new cabinet?
Liberal Democratic Party won by a great margin in the previous election. It actually reflects that many people supported Prime Minister Koizumi.
In mass media, they said that there might be some surprising personal appointments. However, in reality, I thought that his new cabinet was rather well-thought and organized, as there was a newly established Minister that deals with lower birth rates as well.
A: I heard the word "wagashi." But I don't have any idea what that is. What is "wagashi"?
"Wagashi" is a general term used for Japanese sweets. Japanese sweets such as sweet dumplings or "Ohagi," or sweet rice cakes made of sticky rice and sweet red beans, are also included.
They are very artfully created.
A: Where can I buy "wagashi"?
There are many shops specializing in "wagashi." Even in department stores, you can find many shops dealing with "wagashi." And there are shops dealing with particular kind of "wagashi" as well.
A: Then it might be a good idea to buy some for souvenirs.
Yes, "wagashi" are very artfully made, so not only tastes, but also you can actually enjoy them with your eyes.
A: OK. That's all. Thank you very much for today.
Thank you very much.
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