受験者( 135 ):女性
 
Hello
A:Hello
B:Hello
A:If you would like, please put your bag behind the desk over there.
Thank You.
B:Please be seated (笑顔で)
B:Please tell me your name and which city and prefecture you came from?
My name is .... I came from ....
A:Please explain the difference the climate of Okinawa and Hokkaido.
In Okinawa it has a very mild climate during the winter time. (Mildという言葉が適切だったのかなとあとで思った) Temperature are about 16 to 20 degrees and I heard that sometimes you can even swim during the winter. (目を合わせるとAは笑ってくれた。) In Hokkaido, on the other hand, being the northern part of Japan, winter is very cold and sometimes the temperature goes down below 0 degrees and it snows a lot.
A:Which would you recommend to me to visit?
If you are in Tokyo, Tokyo can get pretty cold too, so I would recommend you to go to Okinawa to enjoy the warm temperature.
A:I heard that Okinawa’s culture is quite different from other parts of Japan. Can you explain?
Okinawa is quite different from the rest of Japan because Okinawa was greatly influenced by China, Korea and U.S. when it was under control after WWII. Therefore, Okinawa has a mix of China, Korea and the U.S. in its culture. There are differences in food, for instance Okinawa people eat a lot of pig when the Honshu, mainland doesn’t that much. And also the music is quite different too. (ここでもう少し三味線を使った音楽とかを説明すれば良かった。)
A:I heard that there might be negative image towards the Americans. Do you recommend Americans to visit Okinawa or not?
I recommend Americans to visit Okinawa. Since Okinawa’s main industry is tourism, I am sure that people around the world including Americans will be welcomed.
A:When was the last summer Olympics was held in Japan?
(回答につまる。。。いつだったか考えながら)I believe it was 1969, sorry it was before I was born so I am not sure. (こう答えるしかなかった。後で調べたら、1964年。しかし、面接官A、Bは笑ってくれた)
A:I heard that Tokyo is campaigning to have the 2016 Olympics to come to Tokyo. What do you think about that?
I think it’s a great thing because it will the boost the economy in Japan. But there are certain stuffs that I disagree about it. For instance, I heard that the Tsukiji Fish Market will be relocated to another place so the Press Office will be built. (Press Officeという表現で良いか不安になるが、続ける)
That is a sad thing because the Fish Market has been there for a long time and it has a history. So I don’t agree in some points of the Olympics in Tokyo.
A:How is a Shinto shrines different from a Temple?
In a Shinto shrine there is a torii which is a gate that is an entrance to the shrine but there isn’t a torii in a Buddhist temple. In a temple there is simply just a gate.
A:When do people visit Shinto shrines and Temples?
People visit shrine’s for New Years, when a baby is born and their visit to the shrine for the first time and weddings. In a Buddhist temple, funeral and memorial services and other events usually related to death are conducted. And sometimes people visit for New Years.
A:So, no weddings are held at Temples?
Sometimes they do. (Aと目が合いほほ笑んでくれた)
B:That is all for today. Thank you.
A:Thank you.
Thank you very much. 席を立つ。荷物を取りドアを出るときにもう一礼。
部屋に入るまで非常に緊張していたが、入った瞬間AとBが和やかに微笑んでくれて、一気に緊張がほぐれ、英語もスムーズに言えた気がしました。
東京オリンピックの年を覚えていなかったのがまずかったと後悔していますが、他の部分は意外と問題無く答えられたと思います。
 

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