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B : Good morning.
(お辞儀とともに言った。)

A, B, C : Good morning.

B : Please put your bag on the chair and have a seat.

Thank you.

B : Please tell my your name and where you come from.

My name is ... and I am from Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

A : I will ask you some questions, so please give me your answers.
Please be relaxed.

Yes.

A : Why do Japanese people live long?

I think it is because of our diet. We eat low-calorie food, and high-protein food such as seafood. We also eat lots of vegetables.

A : Do you think the diet is changing?

Yes, unfortunately it is changing. The younger generation tend to eat more fatty foods.

A : So it's not healthy?

No, I don't think so.

A : So you think the reason is the diet.

Yes, I think so.

A : What do you think about the walking boom among middle-aged and elderly people?

I think it's very good. I would like to recommend it to young people, too. I also like walking but I prefer to go on trips and enjoy walking in scenic places rather than walk around our neighborhood.

A : Are there good places for walking in Tokyo or Yokohama?

Yes, there are many good places for walking, for example, I live in a rural area so my neighborhood is good for walking. But it's a hilly area, so there are many ups and downs. The downs are not hard but the ups are hard.

A : That's right.
(笑いながら聞いてくれている。)

A : Please tell me what "higan" is.

Higan is when we pay respect to our family graves. We make "ohagi", which is a sticky ball covered with sweetened bean-paste, and offer them to our ancestors.
(説明しながら、"like this"とおはぎの大きさを両手で示してみせた。)

They are delicious.
(試験官Aはニコニコしている。)

We go to our family grave and clean the gravestone, decorate it with flowers, and pray for the spirits.

A : How long is the "higan" period?

"Higan" is in spring and around this time. It's about three days long.

A : Three days?

"Higan" is a week-long period, but most people go to their family graves during three days.

A : I've finished the questions which we prepared.
(自分はニコッとする。)

A : Thank you very much and have a good afternoon.

Thank you very much. You too.

(退出する前にお辞儀をして日本語で「有難うございました」と言ってしまったが、誰も日本語で答えてくれなかったと思う。試験官Bがドアを開けてくれたので、お礼を言って出てきた。試験官Aを中心にアイコンタクトをしていたが、試験官BとCにもアイコンタクトできたかは、よく覚えていない。少なくとも挨拶の時は目を向けたつもりだったが ...
。覚えている限りでは、みんなにこやかで和やかな感じだった。おはぎの説明や上り坂が大変という身ぶりを交えた説明ではみんな笑ってくれていたと思う。)

 
 
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