受験者( 55 ):女性
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A,B: Good morning. Please sit down.
Thank you.
B: What is your name?

My name is ......
B: Where do you live? City name, please.

I live in ..... City.
A: Well, I am a tourist. I would like to see Mt. Fuji. Could you tell me how I can go to Mt. Fuji from Tokyo?

You can take bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka...through Osaka to Fukuoka, which is in the western part of Japan(これは余計でした). And you need to get off at...oh, I am not sure. Atami or Izu... (I don’t remember the nearest station nameと言いたいところで)
A: OK. How often do Japanese take a bath?

You mean private bath in our house?
A: Yes.

We usually take a bath once in a day.
A: In the morning?

I think most Japanese take a bath at night after dinner.
A: Do you often go to public bath?

No. The number of public baths is decreasing these days in Japan because we have our own private baths in our houses.
A: Could you recommend any good places in Kyoto?

I recommend Kinkakuji-temple. The walls are gilded by gold and it has beautiful Japanese traditional garden. You can enjoy not only those of building and garden, but also the story of its founder, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the third shogun of Ashikaga period.
A: Is Kinkakuji a Buddhist temple?

(え...)I don't think so. I need to check it out later, but I don't think Kinkakuji Temple is so religious.
A: Then are you a Buddhist?
I am basically a Buddhist, but I don't have special religion. I think most Japanese are the same.
A: OK. I am very interested in Shogun. Until when did the Shogun system last?

(質問の意味が少し分かり辛かったので)Excuse me? Until when? When?
A: Yes.

I think it ended in 1868.
A: I watched "Last Samurai". Have you seen that? Do you remember Tom Cruise spoke Japanese?

Yes, I watched it about...5 years ago. Tom Cruise acted nice, but I don't remember he spoke Japanese in it.
A: OK. Do you have favorite Japanese actor?

(え...いない...)Hmm.....
A: OK, then let me change the question. Do you have any favorite Japanese movie?

"Sanchome-no-yuhi" is getting very popular in Japan these days. It is a story of people just after the World War II. People are very enthusiastic to keep their lives and very energetic to live their lives. I get energy from seeing it.
A: OK. That's all.

(え、もう?というリアクションをしてしまいました、そうすると)
B: Yes, that's all.
A, B: Thank you very much.

Thank you.
(最初のstation nameと最後の方のfavorite actorのところで、Hmm...としばらく考えると、Aの試験官の方が”OK"と先に進めてくださったので、「しん...」とすることはなかったです。それにしても終ってからいろいろ考えるのはほんとにいやですね。案内係の方も、受験者を見ていられるのかなあ、と思いました。もうこんな緊張は1回で十分、どうぞ受かっていますように。神様お願いしますっ。)

 

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