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C: Please put your baggage over there.

(入口横の椅子を示される。そこにカバンを置いて)

Good afternoon.

C: Could you introduce yourself? What is your name? Where are you from?

My name is ○○○○. I’m from Kishiwada City, southern part of Osaka Prefecture.

A: (ふんふんというようにうなずいて)Do you have something to mention about the city you are from?(明らかに岸和田だんじり祭を知っていますよという雰囲気だったので)

Kishiwada has been gaining popularity for its festival, Danjiri Festival.

A: Oh, it’s still gaining popularity. Have visitors increased much recently?

As a matter of fact, the number of visitors has decreased recently.

A: Oh, really?

Yes. Because we hold the festival on weekdays.

(試験管Cは訳知り顔でふんふんとうなづくが、ここは少し説明が必要と思ったので)

We had been holding the festival on Respect-for-the-Aged Day, a national holiday. But the holiday was moved to the second Monday in September. So we expected the festival would be moved, but older people are very stubborn.

(かなり言葉足らずだったように思うが、試験官A、試験官Cともこのあたりの事情はかなり知っているらしく、快くうなずいていた)

A: Please keep trying to move the date.

We don’t have such power. We are just complaining.

A: It’s always difficult to change traditional things.

(正確には覚えていないが、年寄りの気持ちを変えるのは難しいね、という感じだったと思う)

A: Now, I give you another question. Do you have something to mention about the current situation of the Imperial Family?

The most recent topic of the Imperial Family is having an empress at the top of the Imperial Family. As a matter of fact, I don’t think it’s an important issue whether we have a male or female at the top of the Imperial Family, because now they don’t have actual governing power. Their role is limited to the formalities. So both an emperor and empress can do their job without big difficulties. What I really concern is the isolated situation of the Imperial Family. There is still a big gap between the Imperial Family and the general public. Because of this gap, the crown prince or princess faces a difficulty when they try to find appropriate partner.

(3人とも私の論点には一応の理解を示してくれた様子)

A: So you think the Imperial Family should be opened up to the public.

Yes, I think so.

A: Now, let me move to the last question. Why are so many Japanese people fond of hot springs?

(last questionで温泉の質問なんて大ラッキーと思って、かえって答えを十分に整理せずに返答してしまった。もう少し頭の中で話すことを整理してから答えた方がよかったかもl)

One of the reasons for Japanese people’s liking for hot-spring resorts is an easy access to it. As a volcanic country, Japan has more than 20,000 hot springs throughout Japan. This means that everyone can visit hot-spring resorts very easily. And hot springs are said to have curing effect on various diseases. Recently many hot-spring resorts provide us with good accommodations and local food together with a magnificent view from open-air baths. This is the reason why so many Japanese like hot springs.



 
 
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