B : Hello. Have a seat.
B : Please tell us your name and address.
My name is .... I'm from Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture.
A : Why do you take this test?
Because I've been very interested in ancient Nara, and I like it so much that I have a dream of becoming a specialist in old Nara as a tour guide, or a kind of storyteller.
A : Sorry, what kind of specialist?
B : Oh, I like Nara too.
A : Why does Nara attract you so much?
Because of the people in ancient Nara. They were not as refined as the Heian people. I mean Kyoto, but they were so ambitious and energetic to learn things from the continent that they went over to China, during the Sung or Tang dynasty, overcoming hardships.
A : What do you think about the current economy?
There's a sign of recovery in the stock market, but this is mainly attributed to foreign buyers. So, considering some negative factors, such as the high jobless rate and the falling prices, we can't say the Japanese economy is on the path to recovery.
A : On the path to recovery.
And the Japanese economy is closely linked to the world economy, so we can't separate them and make predictions about the Japanese economy only.
A : If you were to take a tourist somewhere except Nara for sightseeing, where would you take them to?
It depends on the tourist's sex, age, and nationality, but if he or she is a curious type, I would take him to Osaka.
A : What part of Osaka?
The south of Osaka, around Dotonbori. I would stroll around Dotonbori with him and eat "okonomi-yaki".
A : "Okonomiyaki"
B : "O-ko-no-mi-yaki".
A : Oh, I see.
And I would hop in a variety hall to enjoy "manzai", or stand-up comedy. Of course, there would be a language barrier, but "manzai" is very expressive so you will be able to enjoy the Osaka atmosphere. And you know, people in Osaka are very energetic. I'd like to give tourists a good memory of Osaka or Japan. Because for some of them, visiting Japan is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
A : OK, thank you. I hope your dream will come true.
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