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B:Please tell me your name.
My name is .......... .
B: Where are you from today?

I'm from ............ City, ............ Prefecture.
A: Would you please explain about the rainy season in Japan?

Japan has four-clear cut season with the rainy season between Spring and Summer. Japanese climate is influenced by winter and summer monsoon, geography, ocean current and topography. (気候についても付け加えたので、再度)
A: What is the rainy season like?

It is different from year to year. It continues raining every day, but sometimes it has no rain. In this case, we have the heavy rainy at the end of the rainy season. It causes a big damage.
A: How did Japan modernize after the Meiji Restoration?

When the last Tokugawa Shogun, Yoshinobu gave up his power, he returned it to the imperial court. Before Meiji Restoration, Japan took the policy of isolation. After Japan opened the door to the western countries, a lot of western culture flew into Japan and gave an influence on many aspects of Japanese culture such as fashion, eating and living.
A: How did it give an influence on living?

People used to sleep on Tatami, but some people began to sleep on the bed, and living chair.
A: How about clothing?

People wear Kimono everyday.
A: Women?

Yes, women. (ここで男性もと階級によってランクの違う着物を着ると付け加えればよかったと後で思いました。)
  Women wear a long robe with a long sleeve. Usually, people wear kimono made of cotton and Kimono made of silk on happy occasion.
A: What is the biggest difference between Shrines and Temples?

Japanese people go to shrines for ceremonial occasions such as wedding, celebration of birth and New Year worship.
On the other hand, people visit temples for funerals, memorial service and other events. This is the biggest difference.
A: Are there any restrictions for Japanese (宗教に関して)?

Suppose I am a Buddhist, I can still go to shrines.
There are no restrictions for Japanese on religion at all.
A: Now, this is the last question.

Suppose I am visiting here in Kyoto, which temples should I visit?
Well, Kyoto or Nara? (奈良の方がよく行くので聴いてみたら
Bの方がにこっとスマイルで場が和らいだような気がします。)
A: Yes, Kyoto.

If it is the first visit to Kyoto, you should, I mean, you had better visit Kiyomizu temple and another temple, Kinkakuji temple, known as the "Golden Pavilion".
この後日本語での質問があるかなぁと待っていたら、
B:がThat's allといわれたので、

Thank you very much.
といってお辞儀をして、部屋を退出しました。 最初どちらも日本人だったので、びっくりしたのですが、Bの審査員の方もほとんどメモとかとらずにじっと聴いていて、時折スマイルを返してくださいました。
Aの質問は結構300選の回答をそのまま無難に言ってたので、次はつっこんだ内容に触れたりもありましたが、流れはスムースに行ったと思います。

 

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