B： Good morning. Please sit down.
B： May have your name, please?
My name is ….
B： Where do you live?
I live in Yamanashi prefecture.
A： OK. Now, let’s start the test. Why do you think so many Japanese people study English?
I think it’s a fashion. What is more important is that English is a tool for international communication. Using English enables us to communicate with people from other part of the world as well as with people from English speaking countries.
A： Japan is full of western culture, but there is still so much traditional Japanese culture in Japan. Why?
I think that’s because it’s worth it. Traditional Japanese culture has been formed through long period of times. I myself learn Japanese tea ceremony and kimono dressing. Every time I learn new things I’m impressed with the philosophy, cleverness and wisdom of our ancestors. It’s worth protecting.
A： What do you think is the role of the imperial family?
The present constitution designates the emperor as the symbol of the nation. I think the role of the members of the imperial family is same as that. They don’t stick their noses into politics and attend both international and domestic events. They also play important role in diplomacy. They give many Japanese people a sense of being the member of the divine and traditional nation in a good sense. May be I shouldn’t use the word ”divine”. It’s after the war….
A： What is wagashi?
Wagashi is Japanese confectionery. It is usually made from sweetened bean paste. Some wagashi is not made from sweetned bean paste. I think such wagashi as yokan or sweet bean curd and manju or buns stuffed with sweetened bean paste represent wagashi.
A： What is Seijin-no hi?
Seijin-no-hi is Coming-of-Age Day. On this day, young people who turned the legal age of twenty are accepted as adult member in the society. Celebration ceremonies are held by municipalities. Nowadays young people’s misbehavior during the ceremony gave rise to much controversy.
A： OK. Thank you.
Thank you. Good bye.
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