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B: Hello.

Hello, good morning.

A: Hello, good morning.

B: Put your bag on the table behind you and sit down, please.

Yes, thank you.

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

(にこにこしていた)

My name is …. I come from …, Tokyo.

A: So, … (first name), I’d like to ask you some questions about Japan.
Relax! Relax! I want to know your casual opinion. Now, I heard that many young Japanese go abroad to look for jobs. Why do you think they do that?

I think it is because of the bad employment conditions in Japan. So they go abroad to find jobs.

A: What kind of jobs do they get abroad?

I think they teach traditional Japanese arts to the local people, or they work in areas such as agriculture, or teach the Japanese language.

(話し終わってからODA活動のことしか考えていなかったことに気づいた)

A: Then when they come back to Japan, do they easily find jobs? And in what field will they work?

I don’t think it’s easy to find jobs back in Japan. Perhaps they will work at a company in an overseas relations department.

A: Do you know what a “Working Holiday” is? Young people use this system to work for one or two years in Australia or the US .… Do they easily find jobs after they come back to Japan?

No, I don’t think so. Personally, I think it is a good experience. But for companies, it is not so good. It is because Japanese companies generally expect their workers to work for them for a long period of time. And they would think it is a pity that those Japanese didn’t work for the companies when they were fresh out of college.

(若い数年間会社で働かないことはダメージだと言いたかったが・・・)

A: Next question. When I went to a souvenir shop, I found a big pot called “nabe.” What do you use “nabe” for?

A “nabe” is a cooker. It’s for boiling vegetables and other ingredients. And dishes cooked in “nabe” are called “nabe-mono” or “nabe” food. Sometimes, especially in winter, we serve “nabe” food with various ingredients in it. We place “nabe” at the center of the table, and the whole family eat from the “nabe” together.

(Bがようやくニコッとする)

A: Oh, it sounds nice! What do you cook in “nabe’? Or, do you have any special kind of “nabe” food?

We cook fish, meat, and vegetables together. A well-known “nabe” food is “chanko-nabe,” which was originally for sumo wrestlers.

A: Oh? For sumo wrestlers? I’ll be strong when I eat it. Then where can I buy a “nabe”? And how much does it cost? The price I saw at the souvenir shop was about 3,000 yen. Is it cheap?

(ちょっと値段をきかれてつまる)

Um…. The prices range from one thousand yen to ten thousand yen, I think. I recommend that you go to Kappabashi, near Ueno.

(Bが大受けしてくれた。)

There are a lot of shops selling cooking utensils.

A: How about department stores?

Yes, you can easily find “nabe” at department stores. We can buy almost everything at department stores.

(不要と思いつつ言ってしまった)

A: Then, next question. I heard that Japanese have serious health problems. To be fat …

(早くまくしたてられて、聞きとれず)

What do you think about this problem?

(聞き取れなくて)

Being fat?

(と聞き返したら、うなづいてくれたので)

Oh, being fat is a serious problem for me.

A: Yes, it’s the same for me.

I think it’s a food-related problem. Japanese have changed their eating habits.

A: Oh, really? I heard that Japanese food is low in calories, and people live long.

Yes. Traditional Japanese dishes are full of vegetables with little meat and fat. The elderly Japanese people ate such food, so they are strong and live long. But young people are not like that.

A: Why?

Japanese dishes are difficult to cook and also take a long time to cook. So busy young people do not cook for themselves, and instead they buy fast food like hamburgers or other western foods.

A: Thank you for coming here today, and I enjoyed talking with you.

Thank you very much. I’m happy to be here.

(終わり)

文法的にかなり間違っていてすみません。
とにかく夢中でした。女性なので、料理のことを聞かれるかとヤマは張りましたが、質問が変わると答えも大変でした。
Aの担当官は終始笑顔で、無言の時間が出来ないように、色々と言い替えたり、話を続けてくれていてありがたかったです。
質問の意味を取り違えて答えていたかな?と思ったのはBの担当官が急に苦い顔になったりしたのを見てですが、とにかく気にせず言い切りました。
廊下で待っていた時に、特訓コースでお隣の方と一緒になり、二人で微笑を交わせたのが、気分的にリラックスできた気がします。

植山先生のお葉書をお守りに持っていきました。
多くの素晴らしい先生方のご指導に感謝しております。
どうもありがとうございました。




 
 
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