A： So, you live in Osaka. I want to go to exciting places in Osaka. Where would you take me?
I would take you to Namba in Osaka because there is a long large shopping arcade where a lot of shops, theaters, restaurants and even food stalls selling “Takoyaki” or octopus dumplings stand in a row. Osaka is very famous for its Takoyaki. Namba is a busy place, so you can enjoy an energetic and exciting atmosphere.
I’d recommend Koyo, Nara and Hiroshima because there are a lot of historical sites such as ancient temples, shrines and gardens in Kyoto and Nara, and in Hiroshima there is a peace memorial museum of atomic bombs(ここは、Hiroshima Peace Memorialと答えるべきだった。) which is designated as the World Heritage site. So, I believe these prefectures have many historical sites enough to interest you.
A： You mentioned atomic bombs. So, what do you think about the relationship between Japan and North Korea?
I’m worried about it. It is said that North Korea has and develops atomic
bombs or nuclear weapons. Many Japanese people are worried that North
Korea will launch bombs or missiles aimed at Japan. In addition to this,
because of unresolved issues including the issue of abduction of Japanese
citizens, the relationship between Japan and Korea does not seem to be
worse. I think Japan tries to normalize the relationship and to resolve
the related problems. So, I hope that Japan’s efforts will bear fruit
in near future.
A： What is the best castle to visit in Japan?
I think Himeji Castle is the best castle to visit in Japan. The castle
is also known as “White Heron Castle” and is beautiful and magnificent.
Also, it is designated as the World Heritage site and well reserved.
A： Do you know who the founder was?
As for the founder of this castle, there are still many theories, but the dominant theory is that Akamatsu Sadanori was the founder of this castle.
A： What Westerner’s character do Japanese regard as offensive?
Would you please paraphrase the question?
So, are you asking me that Japanese are offensive?
A： No. Westerners are offensive to Japanese.
Oh! I see. On one hand, Westerners tend to say yes or no clearly, on the other hand, Japanese tend not to express their true feelings frankly even when they want to say “no” in order to avoid hurting other people’s feelings. So, Japanese might regard this kind of Westerner’s black-and-white attitude as offensive.
（主任試験官は淡々と、ガイドさんは“うんうん”という感じ。そして帰るときに”She was passive.”と、聞こえてきた！ ガーーーーン）
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