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Good afternoon.

A, B, C: Hello.

B: Please sit down.

Thank you.

(と言って、鞄を机の横に置こうとすると)

B: You can put your bag on the chair.

Oh, yes.

(鞄を隣のいすに置く)

B: Please tell us your name.

My name is ….

B: Where do you live?

I live in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture.

A: My name is ….

(去年も自分の名前を言っていたが、覚えていない)

A: I'm going to ask you some questions.

Yes, please.

A: You live in Toyonaka, don't you? Why is Toyonaka famous?

(何を聞きたがっているのかは分からなかったが、今日の受験者の中に同市の人が多かったのかと想像しながら答えた)

I think Toyonaka is a good city because it is conveniently located, yet retains a lot of greenery, relatively speaking. It's only a 15-minute train ride to the center of Osaka, but it is cut off from the hustle and bustle of Osaka. Toyonaka has a comfortable living environment, so it's a good place to live.

A: Toyonaka City is famous because the design of the city is modeled after a city in the United States.

(そんなことは聞いたことはなかったので)

That's news to me. Thank you for your information.

A: How long have you lived in Toyonaka?

I've lived there for about six months.

A: Oh, only six months. Where did you live before?

I lived in Kobe City.

A: Which part of Kobe?

I lived in … Ward.

A: Then, where would you recommend I visit if I go to Kobe?

I would recommend that you go to one of the sake breweries in the Nada District, which is in the eastern part of Kobe.

(去年もこの人に同じことを聞かれて、同じ答えをした。続けようとすると)

A: I'm not interested in sake.

(と言われた。今考えると、この人も小生及びこの答えに覚えがあったのかも)

Oh, what are you interested in?

A: I'm interested in architecture.

(最初の豊中市の質問といい、この人は建築や都市設計方面に興味がある人であることが分かった)

In that case, I'd recommend that you visit a museum in the eastern part of Kobe. I'm not sure what they exhibit there now, but it was built after the Hanshin Awaji Earthquake. Also, the building itself is well-known, because it was built … no, designed by a famous Japanese architect.

A: Who is that architect?

It was designed by Tadao Ando.

(A、うなずく)

A: What aspects of Japanese culture do you think should be preserved most?

I would say many of the historical buildings in Kyoto should be preserved.

A: Could you give any specific examples?

Well, for example, Kingakuj Temple and Kiyomizu Temple should be preserved.

(面白みのない答えとなった。何か続けようかとすると次の質問に移った)

A: What do you think about today's young people?

Well, I think young people today have diverse goals. In the past, getting married and having children was a person's major goal. However, since young people today have diverse goals, they are putting off their marriage.

(前日に練習していた別の問題の内容が思わず出たため、ややピントのはずれた回答となった。これに対するフォローアップの質問はなかった)

A: What is "hachimaki"?

"Hachimaki" is a cloth band tied around the head. It is usually white or red and often seen in athletic meets in order to show the determination of a person.

A: Thank you.

Thank you.

(Thank you. と言われたのでこれで終わりかと思ったが)

A: What do you think of an empress ascending the throne as a Japanese monarch?

To be frank with you, I have some reservations about having an empress. I don't mean to be a male chauvinist, but I believe the most important thing about the emperor system is continuity and consistency. In fact, all emperors so far have been heirs from the male line of the Imperial Family. So, having an empress, which means we don’t continue this tradition based on the female line, will…

(少しこの辺りでつかえる)

compromise this long-term practice.

A: That's all. Thank you very much. I enjoyed talking with you.

Thank you very much. Goodbye.



 
 
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