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Hello.

A, B: Hello.

May I be seated?

B: Sure.

B: May I have your name and address?

Yes. My name is …. I live in Nerima Ward, Tokyo.

A: How are you?

I’m fine.

A: Are you nervous?
Oh, yes. I’m very nervous.

A: Don’t worry. I’m going to be friendly, so take it easy. Now I’m going to ask some questions about Japanese culture. First is mmmmmm… What is "geta"?

“Geta” is a wooden clog. It is worn when we wear the traditional Japanese kimono or the “yukata,” a light cotton kimono. These days, we don't wear kimonos so often, because they are a bit difficult to put on and move in. But we often see young women wearing the yukata at some summer festivals. So the “geta” is still popular on such occasions.

(下駄以外の説明が長く反省)

A: Ok next question is What is "seijin-no-hi"?

It's one of Japan's national holidays. It's the Coming-of-Age Day. It's a celebration of the young people who have reached the age of 20. Celebration ceremonies are held throughout the nation.

(1月第2月曜と言おうとしたが忘れた。試験官は次の質問をすでに捜す体制に入っていたので説明をやめてしまった。)

A: Why do some Japanese people hide their thumbs in their fists during funerals?(正確には思い出せないがこんな感じの質問でした)

Excuse me? Thumb?(戸惑う)
A: Yes, thumb. Why do some Japanese people hide their thumbs in the fist during funerals?

(非常にゆっくりと分かりやすくジェスチャーを入れて再度質問してくれたが、そんな習慣があるのかどうか知らないので回答まで3秒くらいかけた)

I think it is related to religious practices. Actually, I don't know why people hide their thumbs during funerals. I think if you show your thumb, it might violate religious practices.

(全く説明できなかったというショック。 とにかく突っ込まれたくなかったので最後の”practices”発音をトーンダウンさせてこれでおしまいという雰囲気を出す。)

A: OK, next is … do you think the bubble economy will happen again?

(3問で終わりとおもったので、再度集中する)

No, I don't think so. People remember what happened after the bubble economy. During the 1990s, many companies faced difficulties. And also, the Japanese economy is not so good at present. So I don't think the same thing we saw during the bubble economy years will happen again.
(「多くの会社は教訓を得ている」の説明を入れるのを忘れる。しかし後のまつり)

A: What do you think about the spread of the bird flu?

I'm really concerned about the spread of the bird flu. It is actually difficult for individuals to prepare for this kind of deadly disease. I think the central and local governments should give us appropriate information to prepare for an emergency.
(「地球環境変化が最近の病気を引き起こしている」という説明をしようとするが、間のとり方がうまくいかず、次の質問に移ってしまった)

A: OK. The last question is, what is "nabe"?

“Nabe” is a pot. And Japanese “nabe,” or hot pot, is very popular. A variety of ingredients such as vegetables and meat are cooked on the table. And family members gather at the table to eat it. It's good, because it's easy to prepare, and family members can enjoy eating the food while chatting with each other. It's a common thing during the winter.
(ナベが料理であるということを先に言えなかった。6問目は緊張がピークに達し集中を維持するのにかなり苦労した)
A: OK. Thank you very much, Mr…. Better job.
Thank you very much for the time.

(ペースが非常に速かった。回答を出来るだけシンプルにするようにしてフォローアップ質問に備えたが、どんどん次ぎの質問に移り、頭の切り替えがうまくできなかった。
最後にBetter job.と言われ、やや不安になる。)
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