A,C ： Good Morning.
Should I close the door？（午前で一番初めの受験者だったので、試験会場のドアが開けっぱなしだった。）
May I take a seat?
A,C： Yes, please.
Where should I put my bags? On the desk behind?
C： Anywhere you feel comfortable.（ほほえむ）
C： So imagine that I am a tourist who is going to visit Japan for the first time.
C： What is the Japanese climate like?
The Japanese climate … I think the best season to visit Japan is in spring or autumn, because the weather is good, and during these seasons you won’t need a coat but only a jacket with a light sweater and slacks. During summer, especially from June to August, there is a rainy season and it rains a lot. Also it’s very humid, so I would’t recommend visiting Japan in summer.
C： Does it rain a lot? Do I need an umbrella?
Yes, definitely. You must have one.
C： What about winter? Is it really cold?
Not much. In Tokyo the temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius, so it’s not so cold.
C： But I heard you can ski in Japan. How is the skiing if it’s not so cold?
Oh, in Japan there are many mountains and it snows in such areas. Also, in the northern part of Japan, especially in Hokkaido it goes down to minus 10 degrees Celsius and it snows a lot. It also snows a lot in the Tohoku area. If you want to go skiing, maybe Nagano Prefecture would be a nice place.
C： OK, wonderful. Now let me ask you another question. On what occasions do Japanese wear kimonos?
People wear kimonos during New Year’s holidays, Coming of Age day, and when going to Kabuki theatres. Today, people wear kimonos only on special occasions and don’t wear them in daily life.
C： Do men wear kimonos? Or are they only for women?
No, men also wear kimonos at wedding ceremonies and graduation ceremonies. But I think women wear kimonos more often than men.
C： I really want to buy a kimono for my niece who is 12 years old. She is slightly bigger than the average 12-year-old Japanese girl, but her clothes would not be regular size in Japan. Where do you think I can buy a kimono for my niece? I don’t want them to be expensive, but they should be pretty.
I would recommend that you go to a department store in Ginza. There you can find several department stores with a good variety of kimonos at reasonable prices. (もっと何か答えたが、忘れてしまった)
C： Do you think I should buy instructions on how to put on a kimono? I heard it’s really hard to put one on.
Yes, you first have to wear an undergarment and tie it with a sash, and then wear the kimono with an obi. But I am sure you can get instructions at the department store. I strongly recommend department stores such as Mitsukoshi or Matsuya.
C： OK thank you. Who do you think is the most important person in Japanese history?
I think Nobunaga Oda would be an important person, along with Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Ieyasu Tokugawa. Ieyasu started the Edo period.
C： When did that happen?
Oh, in the late 16 century. In 1600, Ieyasu Tokugawa fought against the son of Hideyoshi Toyotomi at Sekigahara, and after that he established the Tokugawa Shogunate system.
C： Oh, so that’s how the Edo period started.
C： I heard that cherry blossoms are famous in Japan. When can I see them?
Well, since they are a part of nature, I can’t give you the precise date, but usually the flowers bloom from the end of March to early April. If you are in Tokyo, I strongly recommend that you visit Chidorigafuchi where you can see the cherry blossoms by the moat.
C： Oh, that must be beautiful. Where is that?
It’s near the “Budokan”.
It’s located near Kudanshita Station.
C： Oh, I see. Thank you.
C, A： Thank you.
（部屋を出る前にもう一度Thank you. と言って出るが A,C はメモを取っていて下を向いたまま。Bが会釈。）
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