受験者( 58 ):女性
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A: What is your name?
My name is .......... .
A: Where are you from?

I’m from .......... in .......... prefecture.
A: What prefecture did you say?

((聞こえなかったようなので、うろたえたて) .......... prefecture.
(椅子を引き寄せながら) Can I come closer?(エアコンの音が大きく聞き取りにくい)
A:B:  Yes, sure.
A:  So did you stay last night?

No, I came here this morning.
A: Did you come by train or airplane or…?

I took a direct highway bus. It’s only three hours.
A: Three hours by bus from .......... city?

No, my town, Iida is located in the south of .......... and it is very close to ........... So the bus is faster than to change to Shinkansen, Super Express Train at ..........
A: Oh, I see.
B: So I’d like to ask you some questions.

Yes, please do.
B: I heard there are so many earthquakes in Japan. What should I do when serious earthquakes happen?

First please be calm down. Don’t rush to the outside. Then try to hide yourself under the table like this.(と、試験官のテーブルを示す。) Usually it will be all right within a few minutes. But if it is really serious, ah, just stay there and wait for a while. Be sure to put out fire. To be calm down is important.
B: How often do you have earthquakes?

It depends on where you are. If you are in Kanto area, like in Tokyo, there are a lot of earthquakes, but not so serious. But, for example, in Kansai area, there aren’t so many earthquakes. Of course, you had great Kobe earthquake in 1995. But it is relatively rare, I think.
In ......... prefecture where I live, there is a mountain called Asama. It is an active volcano. So around it, there are so many earthquakes. So it really depends on where you are.
B: So what in Enka?

Enka is s song which is popular among older generation. The themes are mainly love stories and broken hearts. It has traditional Japanese melody which is completely different from modern young people’s music. And it is often sung at Karaoke Bar. People over my age like to sing Enka at Karaoke Bar. I myself like to sing Enka at Karaoke.
A:B: Oh, really?
B: What kind of Buddha statue do you have?

There are some types, sitting or standing. But I think sitting, sedentary Buddha is most common. There is one big famous sitting Buddha in Todaiji Temple in Nara, which is 16 meters high and very big and beautiful. There is a big one in Kamakura, too.
A: Ah, but what about other kind, not like sitting?

Like Amida, you mean?
A: Yes, is there other kind of Buddha statue?

There is Kannon, it’s female Buddha. For example, Yakushi Kannon deals with medicine. When you want to pray for the cure of the disease, you pray for it. But I think most common Buddha is Amida. In Japanese homes, we have family alters called Butsudan. For example, my family belongs to Jodo sect. Buddha of Jomon sect is Amida. So in my house we have the statue of Amida in the altar. Statues may differ according to the sect.
A: Did you say which sect, Jomon?

Oh, sorry, No. I meant Jodo sect whose headquarter is in Chion-in Temple, Kyoto.
A:B: Oh, Jodo. That’s the end of the test. Thank you.

Thank you very much.

 

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