| Good afternoon.
A：B： Good afternoon.
B： Please put your belongings on the chair over there.
Yes, thank you.
B： Please have a seat.
B： Can we have your name, please?
My name is … Nice to meet you.
A.B： Nice to meet you, too.
B： Where do you live?
I live in … , Tokyo.
A： I’d like to ask you some questions. Tell me about the climate in Japan.
Japan has four seasons. They are clear-cut and there is a rainy season
between spring and summer.
A： It’s December now, but it’s so warm today, isn’t it?
Yes, it’s warmer than usual.
A： Why do you think it isn’t cold this winter?
Well, I think it’s due to global warming.
A： Last year it snowed heavily in Japan. Is it true?
Yes, we had a lot of snow last year.
A： In what part of Japan did it snow heavily?s
There was heavy snow in Niigata, in the northern part of Japan. But we also had heavy snow in Tokyo in January this year. I remember that Narita airport was closed one day and many airplanes couldn’t take off.
A： Oh, I see. Which season would you recommend for visiting Tokyo?
I recommend autumn. The weather is good and the scenery is beautiful.
A： What kind of food do you have?
In autumn, we enjoy mushrooms, oysters, and fruit such as grapes and persimmon.
A： I am interested in Japanese history. What is a shogun and when did a shogun exist?
There were shoguns until the end of the Edo period. A shogun was the military leader of Japan who ruled the nation.
We have had an emperor as the head of state, but a shogun was another leader. (うまく説明ができず、困りました。日本人試験官Cが顔を上げる。)
A： How many shoguns were there?
In the Edo period, there were 16 shoguns.
A： Do you have a favorite shogun?
Yes. I like the shogun whose name is Yoshinobu Tokugawa. He was the 16th
shogun, the last shogun.
A： I see. Thank you.
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