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B: Please tell me your name.
My name is XXX.
B: Where do you live?
I live in YYY. It is located in the north-eastern part of Osaka Prefecture.
A: You said you live in YYY. What is the famous spot in YYY?
Well, there is an ancient tomb in YYY. It is a tomb of the Emperor Keitai.
A: Can you go see the tomb?
No, they are now excavating and are not open to the public.
(後で振り返ると十分な説明はできていない)
A: Speaking of emperor, were there women emperors in Japan?
Yes, there was an empress called Suiko. She was an empress in the 6th century.
(これは間違い。7th century というべきでした。)But she did not actually rule the country. She was substituted (といいかけて)、ah, supported by a man.
(Prince Shotokuといいたかったが、そこでなぜか終わってしまいました。でも、試験官Bは、納得という表情でうなずいていました。)
A:In YYY, there is a very good research institute. Was it Suntory's or something?
Well, there are many big companies in YYY and they have their own research institute. But, I think there is an institute of Tobacco company. That is famous. (と、私は躊躇しながらいう。)
A: Ah, Japan Tabaco!
(といって、高槻のこともよくわかっておられたので、こちらがびっくりした。)
A: That's all for YYY. (といったと思う)
Now, what types of Buddha statues are there?

Well, that is a difficult question to answer. (どのように答えていいのか、迷う。少し考えてから) There are many types of Buddha statues. For example, if you go to Todaiji Temple, you will see a Buddha statue sitting on the floor with his legs cross, and his hands like this。(と言って、手を組むまねをした。)Also, if you go to a temple in Kyoto, Ah, I forgot the name of the temple, perhaps, it is Shinnyoen. The statue there is standing, and looking back. (と言って、後ろを振り返った。永観堂という名前が出てこなかったので、真如苑といってしまった。)
A: Ah, Eikando!
(ここでも、試験管はなんでもよくご存知のようだった。それにしても、私は質問の真意をしっかり捉えていなかったと思う。薬師如来や地蔵菩薩などについても述べればよかった。)
A: Now, if I am staying for a few days in Japan and want to see both old and new Japan, where should I go?
Well, I would recommend Kyoto to see old Japan and Osaka to see modern Japan.
A: Where in Kyoto should I go?
Is this your first trip in Kyoto?
A: Yes, I am the first-time visitor.
Then, I would take you to Kinkakuji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, and Nijyojyo Castle.
To see new Japan, I would take you to Osaka. It is the next prefecture to Kyoto. First, I would take you to Osaka Castle. On top of the castle, you can overlook the whole city of Osaka. Also, I would take you to the harbor area of Osaka, where you will be able to see modern Japan.
(後から、振り返ると、harbor area というよりも、bay areaというべきだった。そして、もっと説明を加えたかったが、あまりこの地域に詳しくないので、これ以上の説明に及ばなかった。)
A: Well, why do you want to be a guide?
I want to contribute to international cultural exchange.
A: Thank you very much.
Thank you. Nice meeting you.
(といって、日本人の試験官にもお辞儀をして退席した。)

 

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