受験者( 07 ):女性

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試験官

<試験官A>

日本人または日系人の30代女性。難しい顔をしていて声も厳しく、とても怖かった。

<試験官B>

40〜50代と思われるフレンドリーな女性。たぶんイギリス英語。なまりは特になく、大きな声でゆっくりと話してくれた。始終ニコニコと笑ってくれて緊張が和らいだ。

質疑応答

(受付前の待合室、受付後の待合室、面接前の待合室、面接直後のドアの前の椅子、面接後の待合室と移動を繰り返した。その都度、説明があり混乱はなく流れ作業のように進んでいった。私語は許されないので全員緊張した雰囲気。面接のドアの前の椅子に座って数分後に指導員に入るように促された。入ると10畳くらいの広い部屋に机があり、机の向こうに2人の女性が座っている。その手前に椅子がある。)

Hello.

Hi.

Please sit down. You can put your bag on that chair.

(Bが指差してくれた右の椅子にバックとコートを置いて、その横に座る。)

What is your name?

My name is .........

Where did you come from?

I came from ........ city.(Aは表情が変わらず、声も厳しく威圧感を感じる)

Oh , a person before came from there. It is a long way isn't is?

I ... took a Shinkansen, a bullet train, today so...

Ah ha, It is quick, isn't it?

Yes.(聞きやすい英語とAの笑顔に安心した)

I am going to ask you some questions. Please answer this... I would like to visit a typical Japanese garden. Could you recommend me and tell me why?

(予想が出来た質問なのに焦ってしまって頭が真っ白になり何も頭に浮かんでこない)....I can recommend you (      ) garden in (    ) city of which is typical Japanese garden in Edo period. There is a pond and artificial hill and you can walk around and enjoy the scenery.(とてもローカルな話題になってしまった。もっと有名な庭がいくつもあったろうに、と悔やんだけど仕方がない)

Is typical Edo period garden has a pond and hill?

Yes.(不安になったが言い切る)

Is Edo castle different from any other castle?

(何も浮かんでこず、焦っているとAが助けるように続けてくれる)

Like Osaka or Himeji castle?

....I think Edo castle dosen't have a donjon. You are not able to go inside but there is a moat and stone wall....

Why Edo castle change its name to Imperial palace?

(ここで質問の意図に気づけばよかったのだが、まだ分からなかった)It changed the name because after the Edo period when shogunate system finished, emperor moved into Edo castle and changed its name.

You said that the Edo period, I would like to know about the Nara period. Could you explain?

The Nara period... ancient city of Nara... during this period, Japanese culture flourished ... about 6th to 7th century, I think.(何を話していいのか分からず、自分の言ってることも不明になってきた)

Does this mean that Japan did not have any influence from other countries?

We still continue to have influence from China. But we developed our own culture and constructed architecture such as Todaiji tenple and Nara park.(奈良公園は建築じゃないだろう!それって平安時代じゃないのか?駄目だとパニックになる。Bがノートに書き込んでいるのが目に留まって更に焦る)

OK. Next question. There are 2 types of Japanese curtain which has red/white colour and the other is black/white colour. What are they?

(赤白のカーテンって何?知らない)Red is considered to be a colour of joy...so I think that red/white curtain are used for happy occation such as....I am not sure.

Oh, you can't think of any happy occation?(おかしそうに笑う)

Ah...happy occation could be a wedding, but I don't think it is used for wedding.(少なくとも個人的に見た覚えはなかったので、不安だったが言い切ってしまう)

OK. What about black/white?

It is used for funeral.

Could you explain Hakone?

Hakone is located north west of Tokyo. It is very popular tourist destination all year around. You can enjoy the view of Mt.Fuji. And there are many spas...

Are there many spas?

Yes, and many other facilities as well such as...museums and a boat trip in the lake.

Oh is it? I should try.

Yes.

What do you think of Japanese economy?

(予想できていた質問だったので焦らずに答えられた)The recession is now starting. Because of surging yen, especially Japanese export companies suffers a lot. Even Toyota is having difficulties and its profit are declining.

Even Toyota!

Yes, it is worrying.

Well, thank you very much. Enjoy for a rest of the day.

Thank you.

(もう終わったのか、とびっくりした)(一礼して部屋を退出)

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