受験者( 166 ):女性
 

A: Tell me your name &where you live.
B: Why is Tokyo so dry in winter?

(まったく予期してない質問でした)
Tokyo is surrounded by mountains, and the wind comes from the direction of China in winter. After the wind go over the mountains, the wind get dry. That's the reason why Tokyo is so dry in winter.
B: Tell me the typhoon season in Japan.
The typhoon season starts in July until September every year. But the weather is strange this year, so in Okinawa they had a typhoon a few days ago. (なんとなくそうだったかな、と思ったので)
B: Have there been any female rulers in Japan?
Yes, in ancient times there are many female rulers in Japan, and also in Edo period, there was a female ruler.
(と言ったら、でも江戸時代は将軍がrulerよね?でもその人は天皇でしょ?みたいに英語でAに言われてしまい、まあ天皇だけど・・・・・・付け加えなきゃよかった、と思いました)
A: What is enka?
It's a kind of country music in the United States. Especially elderly people like this music. Themes of enka are usually love, separation, and usually sad themes.
A: What is geisha? And if you know better, tell me the difference between Geisha and Maiko.
(あれ?女性に変わったぞ、質問する人が・・・・・・とすぐ思った。でも、「僕が観光客で、あなたがツアーガイドという設定で答えてください」みたいに最初に言われたから、なるべく男の子のほうにもアイコンタクトを送りながらしゃべった。なんとなく、男の子が頼りないカンジで、もうこの人に任せてられないわ、とりあえず少ししゃべらせたらあとはあたしがやるわ、的なカンジだったかも^^)
Geisha is a female entertainer who wears a kimono. They play singing, dancing, and shamisen, a 3-stringed musical instrument.
(play singingって何だ?と気付きながらもばーっとしゃべってしまった・・・・・・)
You can see geisha especially in Kyoto and Atami, which is closer than Kyoto from here. The difference between Geisha and Maiko is the age. Maiko are teenagers, younger geisha.
A: Tell me about the Japanese Buddhist statue. And if you know better, tell me more about the styles of Buddhist statues.
There are some great statue of Buddha called "daibutsu" in Japan. The most famous statues are in Nara and Kamakura. And there are many kinds of Buddhist statues like nyorai or amida. So you can enjoy various kinds of Buddha.
A: What kind of tour guide would you like to be if you pass this examination?
(この質問のとき、Aがすっごくにやにやしていた。なんでかな?)
I want to be a tour guide who has flexibility. For example, sometimes a tour guide should be a kind of mother or nurse taking care of children or others, and sometimes a decision maker when any accidents like a BIG earthquake occur. And also they should be an entertainer who can make visitors enjoy themselves.(もっと個人的にこうなりたい! と言えばよかった、と後悔・・・・・・。)


 

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