Good morning. (といってイスの横に立つ )
AB: Good morning.
B: Please have a seat. How are you this morning?
I'm fine, a bit nervous though. But I believe everybody is.
B:( ほほえみ)That's right. Don't be nervous, be yourself.
All right. Thank you. (場がなごんで、私もリラックスする )
B: Please tell us your name and where you are from.
My name is ........... I am from .......... City in Tokyo.
A: He will ask you some questions.
B: I know hot springs are very poplar in Japan. Why are they so poplar in Japan?
The Japanese enjoy soaking a hot spring. When you go to a hot spring resort, you can also enjoy local foods. Especially in winter it's very nice to see a scenic view with snow while you are soaking in an outside bath.
B: That sounds great. Why does Japan have so many hot springs?
I learnt it's because several volcanic ranges run through the country. That's why we have many hot springs in Japan.
B: All right. By the way, I'm interested in Japanese history. I know a bit about samurai. What kinds of people were there except samurai in the Edo period?
Well, do you mean people like commoners?
B: Yes, were there any people besides Samurai?
Yes, there were farmers, …and… well there were many merchants in Osaka, I mean, Kansai region. ( しどろもどろ・・・ )
B: There were many …what? ( 私の発音がわかりにくかったらしく、聞き返された)
I mean people who make a living by doing their business.
B: All right. You mean merchants. OK, I'm also interested in skiing. Where do you recommend going for skiing?
I'd recommend that you go to Nagano Prefecture where the Nagano winter Olympic was held. Among the ski resorts in Nagano prefecture, Nozawa ski resort is nice as it's an easy access from Tokyo and you can also enjoy soaking hot springs there.
B: Oh, that's nice. OK, then how can I go to Mt. Fuji from Tokyo?
You can get Mt. Fuji either by Shinkansen, bullet train or a bus.
B: All right. I can go to Mt. Fuji by a train or a bus. OK, then could you tell me how I can go to…( 考えている様子)… Osaka, Osaka from Tokyo.
Well, I recommend you to go Osaka by Shinkansen because you can enjoy viewing Mt. Fuji on your left hand side on the way to Osaka.
B: But I don't have much money. What should I do?
Then you can take a long distance bus from Tokyo which is not expensive. Another good thing is that you can save one night accommodation as those buses leave at night and arrive next morning!
B: (AB とも笑って) Oh, that's good, I can save one night bed! OK then…what is the biggest car company in Japan?
Toyota is one of the leading companies in Japan whose head office is located in Toyota city of Aichi prefecture. There are many related companies to Toyota in the city and a large number of people work for those companies.
B: All right. The last question. When was the last shogun removed?
The last shogun was…( なんと名前が出てこない。普段は名前を忘れることのほうが難しい人物なのに、緊張とは恐ろしいものです) he was not Yoshimune…well, I don't want to give you a wrong information…
B: ( フォローするように) It's ok. If you can't…
The last shogun lived in the middle of the 19th century. (か、完全なダメ押し・・・とにかく舞い上がってしまって頭が真っ白になりました。 )
B: OK, good. Then…how often do the Japanese take a bath?
I believe most Japanese take a bath everyday. I personally take a bath every night.
B: I see. …That's all. Thank you very much.
A: You have a good strong voice. That's really important for a guide to have a good strong voice.
Thank you. Thank you very much.
( と、最初だけ少し話して、試験官 Bの質問中にはうなずいて聞いているだけで特に発言することのなかった Aが最後にほめてくれました。私が最後テンパってかわいそうだと思ったのかな… )
はぁ〜。緊張しました。私は自分のグループ三人の中で一番初めでした。時間はやはり6 〜8 分くらいでしょうか。とても短いようであり、でもとても長かったようにも感じます。ご覧のとおり、試験官はひとつの問題について質問を発展させるわけでもなく、つっこんだりするでもなく、ひとつひとつの質問をリストから選ぶような感じでされました。たぶん、つっこみたくても日本のことをあまりご存じない試験官に当たったのではないかと思います。（吉と出るか凶と出るか？）とても優しい雰囲気をたたえて、はじめの方はかなりゆっくりはっきり発音されました。受験者が聞き取れないことを配慮してのことだと思います。問題なく聞き取れると判断すると普通の話し方になられました。待っている間は、特に中の様子が聞こえたりするようなことはありませんでした。終わるといくつかのグループがまとまって２階の待合室に案内されて、そこで 11 ：45 頃まで待機しました。