Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsNow in this first part, I'd like to ask you some questions about yourself. Let's talk about what you do. Do you work or are you a student? I'm currently housewife, but I used to work in England and Japan. What was your job? I used to work for office and just to do administration in Japan. Why did you choose that kind of work?

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsI was good at computer that time. And then also my friend went to the same company, so that's the fun as well. What did you enjoy about your job? Actually, it was a university job, so looking after students. And then sometimes having fun with students, it's quite nice. Let's talk about food. What's your favourite kind of food? Well, I think my favourite food is Japanese food, especially I realise that it's quite nice. When I live in England, I can't eat very often, so I realise that that's special. Who normally prepares the food in your home? I'm a housewife, so I do all the time, yes. Why? I don't have a job at moment, so that's kind of my job.

Skip to 1 minute and 45 secondsDo you often eat in restaurants or cafes?

Skip to 1 minute and 50 secondsNot very much because we have children, so it's quite difficult to go to a restaurant. But if we have chance, yes, we always try.

Skip to 2 minutes and 3 secondsDid you ever do any cooking when you were a child? Yes, actually. When I was a child, my parents are working, so I often help them and cook for my family. So I did, yes. Let's talk about spending time outdoors. How much time do you spend outdoors? Oh, one or couple of hours every day because I have to take my children out. Actually myself, I don't like very much being outside. But that's quite important and actually quite nice. Especially the weather, it's nice. What do you enjoy doing outdoors?

Skip to 2 minutes and 51 secondsJust play with the children.

Skip to 2 minutes and 55 secondsIt's quite hard work. But after all, I feel really better. Get some fresh air, I think that makes me better, I think. Do you think you will spend more or less time outdoors in the future?

Skip to 3 minutes and 16 secondsIn the future, I guess less than now because I like staying indoors, so that's the reason, yes. Do you think it's important for people to spend time outdoors? I think so. Especially when you stay indoor, your mind quite stuck. But when you go outside and they get some fresh air, I think people get really clear mind and that really good for people.

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