受験者( 34 ):女性
 

Good Morning!!
A: Good Morning. Please put your bag there.
Thank you.
A: How are you?
Pretty good, thank you. How about yourself?
A: Fine, thank you for asking. Now, I'm going to ask you some questions, OK? Please tell me your name and where you are from.
My name is ......... I'm from ........ city in ........ Prefecture.
A: Nice to meet you, ......... My name is .........
Nice to meet you, too, ..........
A: Let me ask you my first question. Now, in Japan, it is winter. Where would you recommend me to visit in Japan during winter?
Well, let's see. It is nice to go skiing in winter here. I recommend that you go to Hokkaido. There is a big ski resort called Niseko. You will be able to enjoy good powder snow there. You can meet a lot of travelers from overseas, too.
A: Well...How can I get there? Obviously, I can not be reach there on foot, right?
Ah, yes, I forgot to mention it. You can fly to Hokkaido from
Haneda Airport if you are in Tokyo. It takes about two and half hours.
Also, if you go to Hokkaido in February, you can see Snow Festival in Sapporo, Hokkaido. There are a lot of snow statues along the main street. I like it at night especially, because those statues are lighten up beautifully. I definitely recommend you to go there to see them.
A: Snow Festival in February....right, I'll remember that, but two and half hours are quite long, and I don't want to fly. Are there any other places near here for me?
To ski?
A: Yes, for skiing.
Well, one place I recommend is Gara Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture. You can reach there by bullet train from Tokyo Station. It takes....less than two hours. And the ski resort is close to the station, so it is easy to access. There are several hot spring resorts near the ski slope, so you can ski during the day, and relax at hot spring in the evening.
A: Oh, that's nice. To change the subject, I'm very interested in Japanese history. When is the samurai society ended?
(明治維新の1868年をど忘れし)Well, some time at the end of the nineteenth century. The emperor got back the power again then.
A: What kind of people, except Shogun, samurai, and the emperor, were there at that time?
(少々、質問にとまどい)...Well, there were also commoners, such as farmers and shop owners. Commoners could not marry samurai at that time.
A: Who married to samurai, then?
...Samurai families' daughters. there are strict rules between titles.
A: I see. There are big gaps between the ranks.
Yes.
A: How about modern Japan. What is the biggest car manufacturer in Japan?
I believe it is Toyota. When I visited the United States 10 years ago, I was impressed by many Japanese car dealer shops there, especially Toyota. I'm proud of such car manufacturers.
A: That's it for this interview.
Thank you very much Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
A: Oh, you don't have to say that.
Thank you.
B: Thank you.
A: Thank you . Bye.

 

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