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A:Please give me your name and full address.
My name is ......., I live in ......in ... prefecture.
B: Is there any visiting place in ...?
... is actually a suburb, and many people go to work in Tokyo using trains. but there are some nice places to visit in ... prefecture. For example, ... is a good place to visit.? There is a beautiful river, and in spring you can enjoy cherry blossoms, too.
B:Are there any other places to see cherry blossoms?
In kyoto Arashiyama is a famous spot, and in Tokyo the Imperial palace is good to see cherry blossoms.
B:What is the Imperial palace? I do not know the Imperial palace.
The Imperial palace was once called the Edo castle and built before the Edo period.? Tokugawa Shogunate government was placed at the Edo castle.? After the Meiji restoration, this castle was given to the royal family, and now the emperor and his family live there.
B: What time does it open?
I am afraid I do not know the exact time, but it is opened all days and maybe from 10 o'clock you can enter into it.
B: Can I see the emperor?
On January 2nd, you can see the emperor and his family, but not in contact personally.
B: Can I take pictures?
I do not think you can take pictures at the site, but at the garden and the outside of the palace, you can take pictures.?
B: Where can I eat? Are there any restaurants in the palace?
There are no restaurants to eat inside the palace, but near the palace, there is Palace hotel where you can enjoy Japanese dishes.
B: What kind of dishes are there?
There are many kinds of dishes. If you are interested in haute cuisine, Kaiseki-ryori is a good choice.
B: What can I eat in kaiseki-ryori?
It is a course dish. It consists of several dishes and it depends on seasons.
B: What is it for main dish in this season?
Um... Let me see.? Maybe mackerel and sashimi will be served, too.
B: What is sashimi?
Sashimi is raw fish such as squid and shrimps. We Japanese eat sashimi many times.?
B: That sounds nice. I would like to eat Kaiseki-ryori very much. Thank you.
You are welcome.
外国人の試験官の方は控えめに話しながらも、鋭いつっこみがありました。皇居についてこれ程詳しく聞かれるとは思っておりませんでしたが、実際に行ったことがありましたので、一応の説明はできました。しかし、最後の会席料理の内容について英語が思いつかず戸惑ってしまいました。前菜やメイン、香り物、食事など、一通り英語で説明できるようにしておくべきでした。思いついたのが、「寒さば」でした。試験の後で秋の味覚には松茸ご飯があった、と思い出しました。
当日植山学院長にお会いできまして大変勇気付けられました。また、直前セミナーでの実践的な授業が役に立ちました。ハローの方には大変お世話になり、ありがとうございました。

 

 

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