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A,C:Good morning.

Good morning.

C: Where do you come from?
(声が小さくてぼそぼそ話すため、よく聞き取れなかったので、聞き直した)

Do you mean when I live?

C: Where do you come from?
(全く同じことをもう一度小さい声でぼそぼそ繰り返し、ちょっとしかめっ面をしたため、動揺してしまい)

I come from Japan.
(と答えてしまったが、訂正した)

I come from ... Saitama, and I came here by train.

A: Now I' going to ask you a few questions. So please try to relax if you can.
(とても聞き取りやすく、笑顔で言われたので、少し落ち着いた)

A: Why do many Japanese like massages and aromatherapy?
(準備していなかった内容だったので、一瞬戸惑った)

I think there are several reasons. One reason is that many Japanese are under an enormous amount of stress. It can be work-related pressure or family problems or may be personal problems. They try to relieve themselves from stress by resorting to those things so that they can have a healthy life.
(正直何を話しているのか自分でもよく分からなくなった。試験官達が続きを期待するような顔をしていたが、その時はなぜだか気付かなかったが、今思うと"several reasons"と言ったからだ。上記以外にも何か言ったが、よく覚えていない。何か言った方が良いかと思い、次の様に続けた)

I have never tired aromatherapy myself but I have received acupuncture treatment.

A: Oh, does it work?

(笑顔で質問されたので、とりあえずほっとした)
Yes, it's said to be very good for chronic problems, such as back aches, and eye problems, with so many people working on computers at work, and at home as well.
(何か笑顔で答えてくれたが、よく覚えていない)

A: The next question is, what do you think about the "super-ice" age among the young people?
(またもや、準備していない内容)

Well, I think it's very unfortunate ... and also a little frustrating that the situation has been continuing for so long. But the government is trying to implement various measures, for example, Mr. Koizumi has decided to set up employment centers for the so-called freeters, part-time workers who can't find permanent jobs, to help those freeters get a permanent jobs.
(3人ともうなずいてくれた)

A: Why is it called the "super-ice age"?
(また、予想外の質問)

I think it's because ... during an ice age, it's very difficult to find food for your livelihood and they may have likened the situation to this state.
("livelihood"は意味的に合っていなかった)

A: How would you describe "rice balls" to foreign tourists?
(準備はしていなかったが、身近な質問で少し安心した)

It's a popular dish, no, a popular food in Japan, especially for outdoor lunches and school lunch. You first cook rice in the traditional Japanese way -- steam it.
(この辺は、思わず両手でジェスチャーを使い始めた)

Then, you put a rice-bowl full of rice on your hand -- and go like this -- and make it into balls or triangles. You might add fish or pickles. Then you wrap it around with a piece of seaweed so that it won't stick onto your hands.

A: So, it's a popular food?

yes, especially among children.

A: They have new types of rice-balls, such as mayonnaise.

Yes, Japanese are very good at coming up with new flavors.

A: When did the custom of eating rice balls start?

(全く見当がつかなかったので、適当に答えた)
I believe, many hundreds of years ago, or maybe more...

A: So, it's an old custom.

Yes.

A: Well, thank you for coming and have a nice afternoon.

Thank you.

 
 
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