受験者( 08 ):女性
 

A :Good morning.
Good morning.
A : Could you tell me your name and address, please.

My name is .............., and I'm from .......... city.
A&C : Your "address", please.

Oh, address in detail? Well,(予期せぬことで、マンションの名前?えっと番地も?と考え、番地は省き、).........,.........,.........,.......... It takes about an hour to here.
A : Ok, thank you.
A : What kind of Samurai were there in the Edo period?

Samurai were originally the servants of government officials who were dispatched from the capital to rural communities during the Heian period. (平安時代!ここまでスラスラ言えたのだが、江戸時代のことを聞かれていたんだ、とあせる。ここから江戸時代につなげるために記憶を総動員して続ける。)They later became warriors specializing in the martial arts, end eventually some went on to become influential in politics. Many samurai warriors fought with each other to become a dominant power. And in the year 1600,Tokugawa Ieyasu won the battle of Sekigahara and started the Edo Shogunate Government in 1603. (試験管A,Cとも、うなずきながらきいてくれたので、落着きを取り戻す。)
A: Ok. I want to see arts and crafts in the Edo period. Where should I go?

I recommend you to visit Tokyo National Museum in Ueno, Tokyo. It's one of the major museums. Their exhibition includes arts and crafts of historical importance, such as Ukiyoe.
A: What is Ukiyoe?
Ukiyoe is a style of wood-block printing developed during the Edo period. It depicts the Japanese landscape, the everyday life of commoners, kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers and beautiful women.
A: Who is the one of the famous writers?
Katsushika Hokusai is famous one.
A: Oh, I'm from Canada and I've seen the picture of big waves and Mt. Fuji. Is that the one he painted?
Oh, yes. That's the one piece of Katsushika Hokusai.
A: Is that one there in the museum you mentioned?

I'm sorry. I'm not sure if they have it.
A: Is there a restaurant in the museum? (レストラン?と一瞬不思議に思ったが、今思えば、これは、後に続く食べ物についての質問が、試験管の頭によぎったのだろう。)
Yes, they have a cafeteria.
A: Do they have only Japanese food?

No, I think they have some western food like spaghetti, as well as Japanese food such as soba and udon noodles.
A: I've just come to Japan and I want to try Japanese food. What do you recommend?

I would take you to a Kaiten-zushi restaurant. Kaiten-zushi literally means "circulating sushi". Plates of sushi are set on a conveyor belt encircling the serving bar, and as the plates pass by, the customers select what they want. Prices for Kaiten-zushi are generally lower than at regular sushi restaurants. You can enjoy sushi in a casual mood there.
A :(ホーッという顔。知らなかったようで、お皿がお店の中を回っているの? と驚く。)

(この人は本当に日本に来たばかりなのだ、と思いました。)
A: How they bill to you? Do they have different prices?

Well, they calculate according to the color of the plates completed by the customers. For example, white plate is for 120 yen, and blue one is for 150 yen.
A : (なるほど、という顔をする。)One of my friends, who had come to Japan, told me that in Japan he had something hot when he had sushi. What is that?
It is Wasabi, grated Japanese horseradish. When we make sushi, form an oval-shaped ball of rice, and put a dab of Wasabi on it, then top it with a slice of raw fish. It is different from western mustard. Wasabi is green, and as it is very hot and spicy, many foreigners are surprised when they eat sushi for the first time.
A : Oh, I like hot and spicy food; I want to try that one.

Yes, you should try.
A : Ok. Thank you. Now, I conclude the interview for you.

Thank you very much for this opportunity.

 

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