B： Please sit down.
Thank you. May I put my bag here?
B： May I have your name please?
My name is ―――.（ここでBとA,Cが顔を見合わせる）
B： Where do you come from?
I come from ---.
A： In today’s interview I play a part of Canadian who first came to Japan and don’t know Japan very well and you play a part of a tour guide who shows me around various sites in Japan. I ask you some questions as a tourist. So please answer my question as a guide.
A： I think the climate is different from place to place. I don’t know how the climate in Japan is. Please let me know about the climate of Japan?
We have the mild climate in Japan and Japan has four seasons in a year,
like your country, Canada, winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Where in
Canada do you come from?
Is your home town located in the north part of Canada or the south part?
A： It is in the west part of Canada, and near the border of America.
Then I think you feel the climate of Japan is like the one in your country.
A： But my friends say it is so hot in summer in Japan.
Foreign people living in Japan often say so. They think it is not only hot but also very humid in summer. They say they don’t like Japanese summer.（Ｂがしきりに頷いて聞いている） But I like summer best.（本来ここで梅雨について話すべきだったのだが）
Because it is the best season for outdoor activities. The summer in
Japan is not so bad.
A： OK．Next I want to know something about Japanese history.
A： Japan has a long history and I think you know about its history well as a guide. Please pick up a person who you think is the most important in Japanese history and explain why you choose the person?
I think Okakura Tensin is the most important person.
A： I have never heard the name before. Please explain who the person is.
Without him, we could not enjoy and appreciate classical Japanese art as we do nowadays. He was born about 150 years ago and lived in the early Meiji era. He contributed a lot to the development of Japanese modern art.
B： （Ａが質問を切り返さないのをみて）Please explain more.
Okakura Tensin has a very good command of English and wrote “The book of Tea” in English in 1906 after the war between Japan and Russia. The book helped make Japan and Japanese tea ceremony famous in the world. He also founded Tokyo Art School. The school became Tokyo Art University later.
A： I see.
B： I know you think Okakura Tensin is the most important. If you are asked to pick up a person other than Okakura Tensin, who do you pick up in Japanese history?
I pick up Sakamoto Ryoma. Sakamoto Ryoma made it possible for Japan
to open its door to other parts of the world. He lived at the later Edo
prioed and helped Japan become a modern nation. Also he persuaded Japanese
politicians to unite as a nation.
A： I see. I have another question.
A： I want to know something about Japanese children. What jobs do Japanese children want to take when they ---. （ここは聞きとりがもうひとつだった。job の聞き取りに自信がもてなかったので念のために聞きなおした）
A： What jobs do ---?
Most Japanese children say “I want to become office workers” when they are asked about their career plans. Compared with children who live in foreign countries, I think, Japanese children tend not to talk big stories or dreams.
A： Like a rock singer?
I think some children under twelve may say so. But since most of their
parents are office workers, most Japanese children think about their career
A： I hear there are a lot of customs in Japan that foreigners do not have in their own countries. I came to Japan for the first time. So I ask you about Japanese customs.
A： What do you think is the most important custom for foreigners who came to Japan first and don’t know its customs very well.
I think you should know how to bathe.
A： Tell me more.（という発言だったと思う）
First, don’t wash and rinse your body in the bathtub. Please wash your
body outside of it.
B： Surely the way to use bathtub is a different custom.
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