受験者(39):女性

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Hello.

(ドアを開けて真っ先に言った)

A,B: Hello.

B: Please sit down.

Thank you.

B: Please tell us your name.

My name is ....

B: Where do you live?

I live in Ohta-ward, in the southern part of Tokyo.

A: Thank you for coming today, Ms. ....

You're welcome.

A: Why do Japanese people like "ohanami"?

I think that there're some reasons for that. One is that there're many cherry blossoms all over Japan.
And they're very beautiful when they're in full bloom. People have parties under the trees.
However, "Hanami", or cherry-blossom viewing, marks the end of the long cold winter and the arrival of spring.

A: Where would you recommend foreign tourists to go to see cherry blossoms?

(あまり覚えていないが、こんな内容のこと)

Let me see ... I was born in Tachikawa city, in the western part of Tokyo, so I would recommend Showa Memorial Park. It takes 30 minutes from Shinjuku by train. It's a huge park. In spring, there is a festival for night viewing and it's very beautiful.

A: What do you think about Japanese women's obsession of character goods like "Kitty-chan" or "Mickey Mouse" ?

Basically, I think it's OK. These characters give them a sense of comfort and healing.

A: Do you think it's strange for women in their 40s or 50s to be fond of "kitty-chan"?

(こんな内容)

By holding these characters, they feel comfortable and happy. So basically, I think it's OK.

A: Do you have these character goods?

No, but when I was a child, I had "kitty-chan".

A: What's "butsudan"?

(Butsudanの英語の定義がでてこない)

"Butsudan" is a place which enshrines the spirit of the dead.

(適切な単語が全く思いつかず、"enshrine"と言ってしまった)

And we offer rice, food and candles on the "butsudan". We can find a "butsudan" in traditional Japanese houses.

A: What's a "butsudan" made of?

I think it's made of wood.

A: Is a "butsudan" very expensive?

Yes, I think it's expensive. But it's a tradition to have a "butsudan" in our homes.

A: So do all Japanese have "butsudan"?

I don't think that all of us have "Butsudan", because unfortunately,
modern Japanese don't have much respect for their ancestors. But some Japanese houses have "butsudan".

A: Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.

(他にも何か話したように思いますが、ほとんど覚えていません。
答えは、ひどいものですが、アイコンタクトは欠かさず、沈黙だけは避けるように努めました。自分の勉強不足を痛感させられました。)




 
 
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