受験者( 31 ):女性
 

A&B: Good evening.
Good evening.
A: Please put your belongings on that chair.
Thank you.
A: Please sit down.
Thank you.
A: First, may I have your name?
My name is ......
A: Where are you from?
I'm from ......., Tokyo.
A: .......! So near here.
Yes. It's very near here.
A: How long does it take to come here?
It takes about 20 minutes by train. Very near here.
A: Assume she is a foreign tourist. Talk to her as you are a tour guide.
All right. Talk to her, right?
A: Yes.(にこにこしている)
B: I am from America. This is my first time to visit Japan.
I am interested in history. I read a book about Japanese history and I wonder why women leaders were not in Japanese history. Do you tell me why?

Why? It's a difficult question.(ここで理由が浮かばなかったので 何とか時間稼ぎをしようと・・)There were women emperor, I mean empresses in the ancient Japanese history.
B: Were they? I didn't know. You say the ancient history. When?
We have an empress in 3rd or 4th century. Her name was Himiko. She ruled Japan at that time.
(このあたりからパニックになり理由を言うのをすっかり忘れてしまった。)
B: Did she? (ちょっと不思議な顔をして)
Yes. She had a strong power.
A: But why weren't any women leaders in Japanese history after shogunate period. You don't have woman shogun,right?
(もう一度理由を言うチャンスを与えてくれたのに・・)
No. Why...I think men were more important than women in Japan.
(幼稚な返答しかできず困ったような顔で見ると)
A: Is the situation is same now? (にこにこ答えてくれた)
No, I don't think so. The situation is different now. I think women's abilities and contribution to society are equal to men now.
B: So you think there will be a woman president in the future? (助け舟?)
Yes, I hope so.
A: So the situation is changing?
Yes. The situation has been changing.
A: I want to know which is the best season to visit Japan?
(これは直前の模擬面接対策でも練習したので答えられた)
I think autumn is the best season to visit Japan.
The climate is neither hot nor cold in autumn.
You can enjoy autumn colored leaves all over Japan.
And food in autumn is very good.
A: You say 'food'. What kind of food?
Autumn is a harvest season, so you can enjoy various kinds of food.
For example, new rice, sweet potatoes, chestnuts, and some kinds of fruits such as grapes and apples and so on.
A: You say food. Can I enjoy food everywhere in Japan?
Is there any special place?

Yes. You can enjoy them all over Japan in autumn.
If you like fish, I recommend saury. Do you know saury?
(コミュニケーションをとろうとして言ったが、かえってよくなかったかもしれない・・と感じた)
A: Saury? I don't know. How do you eat it?
Grilled and eat with soy sauce and grated radish. It is delicious.
B: Autumn is a good season. So how about winter? Is it good to visit Japan in winter?
(あくまでもやさしい先生風でたずねてきた)
Winter, it's not so bad to visit Japan in winter.
Do you like sports?(これではスポーツ観戦も入ってしまうと後で気づいたが遅かった・・)
A: Yes.
If you like sports, I recommend you to go skiing. (このおばちゃんにスキーをすすめるなんて、ちょっと違うと思いながら、とまらなくなってしまった・・)There are a lot of skiing resorts in Japan. Hokkaido and Nagano Prefecture are good for skiing. You can enjoy skiing there.
And, the view of Mt. Fuji is the most beautiful in Japan in winter.
B: The most beautiful? What do you mean?
The top of Mt. Fuji is covered with snow; the view of it is beautiful. If you have a time to go to Hakone, the view of Mt. Fuji is very beautiful from there.
A: Hakone? Is it far from Tokyo?
No. It takes about 2 hours by train from Tokyo.
A: Easy to access.
Yes. You can easily get there. I know a traditional Japanese inn which has a bath on the veranda. You can enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji, soaking in a bath.(手振りで富士山を作り、自分はお風呂に入っている動作をする)
A: Like this? (と男性もお風呂に入っている動作をする)
Yes! You can relax and feel good in a bath.
A: That's all for today. Thank you.
Thank you very much.
これだけ?というくらい時間が短かった。最初の質問で Why?ときかれたのに理由をちゃんと答えなかったので、もう絶対にだめだと思います。今思えば、Bの面接官が「女性の大統領が誕生するか?」と聞いたのは、もしかしたらヒラリー大統領が誕生するかもしれないことをアメリカ人であるBに話してほしかったのか思いました。アメリカの歴史にも女性のリーダーがいないことを話題にしなくてはいけなかったわけですね。Bの面接官の国籍のことを考えて話せなければ、ガイド失格です。面接官は終始にこやかにしていましたが、それがかえってプレッシャーでした。いざ面接を受けると、ほんとうに幼稚な英語しか使えなかった自分が情けないです。これで受かったら申し訳ないので、来年も頑張ります。

 

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