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Hello.

A, B: Hello. Have a seat, please.

Yes, may I put my bag here?

A, B: Yes, sure.

B: May I have your name, please?

My name is ….

B: Where are you from?

I’m from Shiga Prefecture.

A: I will give you some questions. Imagine, I’m a curious tourist.

Yes.

A: You said you are from Shiga.

Yes, that’s right.

A: What part of Shiga are you from?

I’m from Kusatsu, the southern part of Shiga, next to Otsu City.

A: Is the museum near there?

(ミュージアムは確か信楽だったと思いつつ、信楽は遠いので)
No, it takes at least 30 minutes by bus or car. It’s a little far away from my house.(一時間以上かかるなと気付いたが遅い)

A: Then, where would you take me if I went to Kusatsu?

Well, Kusatsu is a suburban area. So there are not so many interesting places to go to, but I think I would take you to an old inn which was used during the Edo Era. Kusatsu used to be an important traffic point for travelers.(もう少し続けて言おうかと思っていたら次の質問をすぐにされた。)

A: Speaking of the Edo Period, what kinds of traditions from that period are still popular today?

(とっさに思いつかず)Well, let me see…. Well, visiting shrines or temples, and celebrating New Year’s holiday are still popular today.(自分の言っていることにまったく自信が持てない)

A: I see. What do you do for New Year’s holiday?
(前の自分の答えが終わらないくらいからこのように聞かれ、自分の声と少し重なったので、念のために聞き返す。)
I beg your pardon?

A: What do you do for New Year’s holiday?

(答えやすい質問でほっとする)
Well, we usually go to shrines and pray for the happiness and good health of the family for the year. New Year’s holiday is the season for a family reunion, (少し発音がうま出来なかったので言い換えて)I mean, family gathering. We usually go to grandparents’ house and eat special dishes called “osechi.” We enjoy the holiday together.

A: What are the ingredients of osechi?

There are various kinds of food in it ? prawns, egg rolls, beans….

(このくらい聞けば「もういい」という感じで、いきなり次の質問をされる。)
A: OK, then. What do you think of the giant jellyfish?

(「なんて唐突な!」とびっくりしたが、答えないといけないと思いつつ)
Well, you mean the giant jellyfish that Japanese fishermen end up catching in the Sea of Japan? Well, the Sea of Japan is a fishing area not only for the Japanese, but also for the Russian and Chinese fishermen. So it is a matter of great concern for everybody. But now researchers and fishermen are trying hard to use the jellyfish for some useful purposes, such as eating. So I’m rather optimistic about the issue.

A: OK. That’s all for today. You spoke very well. It has been nice talking with you.

(あれ、もう終わりかと思いつつ)Thank you very much. It has been nice talking to you, too.




 
 
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