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A: Hi, please have a seat.
Thank you.
A: Please tell me your name.

My name is XXX.
A: Where do you live?

I live in .... That's near ....
A: Oh! I know where ... is. Tell us what it's famous for.

Korean BBQ!
(3人、声を出して笑う)
A: Yeah, it's a great place for Korean BBQ. I can smell it from the platform when I get off from the train.

Yes! It's really a great place!
A: Now please tell me. What's rainy season?

It's the time when it rains almost everyday. It starts in June, and lasts about a month. The rainy clouds cover most part of Japan, except Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan.
A: Oh, so there's no rainy season in Hokkaido. It must be great for them.

I think so.
A: So does it rain for a few hours, or does it rain all day?

It rains all day, so it's different from the monsoon shower.
A: I see. Now, is the rainy season cold?

Ah...Yes, it is. Because there's less sunshine.
(ここでとんでもないミスをしていることを、試験が終わるまで気づいていませんでした。せっかくのサービス問題だったのに大失敗です。)
A: Okay. Now, what's the difference between temples and shrines?

First of all, god they enshrine...ah, they are dedicated to different gods. Temples are for Buddhists, and shrines are for Shintoists.
A: I see. How can I tell the difference?

Usually for shrines, you can find a big, orange gate called Torii.
A: So that's one way to see.

Yes.
A: What's Shinto?

It's a religion originated in Japan.
A: Oh, so it's not in other parts of the world?

Actually, I've heard that there's a new shrine in Europe, in Switzerland now.
A: Oh really. So Shinto might spread around the world.

Maybe.
A: After the Meiji Restoration, Japan has modernized. How did it change Japan?

First, people started to wear Western clothes. And both men and women started to get hair cut.
A: Even men too?

Yes, they used to have their hair tied.
A: Oh... I think I've seen it on TV!

Ah, yes, it almost looks like a sumo wrestler.
A: I see.

And Japanese started to eat beef.
A: So they didn't eat beef before?

No. It was against the Buddhist concept.
A: Oh, it was. How about pork and chicken?

Ah... maybe chicken, but probably not pork.
A: I see. So they mainly ate fish. How did they keep fish fresh?

Well, they put salt to preserve fish.
A: Must have been salty. They must have gotten high blood pressure... But Americans have high blood pressure.

We still do.
A: Oh really. Which fish is good now?

(魚の名前が浮かばず)...salmon is good.
A: Oh, salmon is good this season.

Ah, yes, and crab.
A: Oh, crab! Where is good for crab?

Fukui prefecture, which is located on the Japan sea side, is famous for crab.
A: Sounds delicious!

Yes, it is! So please go and try someday!
A: Well, we should finish now, because I have to go there!

Oh, are we...
A: Yes, we are done.

Thank you for your time.

(今書き出してみると、思っていた以上に内容はぼろぼろでした。中学、高校とアメリカに住んでいたので発音やフルエンシーに関してはあまり心配していませんでしたが、梅雨の話だけではなく、日本事象的な内容などでも大失敗していたので、今年の合格は厳しいと感じています。もし合格した場合は、ボーダーラインの基準として参考にしていただけるのではないかと思い、内容を送らせていただきました。)

 

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