受験者( 67 ):女性
 

(他教室のドアは閉められていたので)
May I leave the door open?
B: Yes, please.
A: Good morning.

Good morning.
A: Please have a seat.
Thank you.
B: Please relax and answer the questions.
All right.
B: May I have your name?
My name is....
B: Where are you from?
I'm from ...City in ...Prefecture.
A: How did you get here today?
I came here by train.
A: How long did it take?
It took about 1 hour.
A: That's good. It's not too far is it?
No, it isn't.
A: O.K. I'm going to ask you some questions about Japanese geography, culture, and history. So, please answer my questions.
Yes.
A: It's December now, you know, there will be lots of snow...
Yes.
A: Then, I want to go skiing. Where is a nice place to ski in Japan?
Well, I think you should go to Hokkaido.
Hokkaido is the Northern island of Japan and there is lots of snow in winter.
A: That's good. Do you ski?
No, not really.
A: O.K. Then, next question. Why are there so many hot springs in Japan?
I think that's because there are so many volcanoes in Japan.
A: I see. Where is your favorite hot spring resort?
I like Hakone. It's not too far from Tokyo and you can enjoy beautiful mountain view, too.
A: How can I get to Hakone?
You can take Odakyu Line from Shinjuku, and it takes about
1 hour to get there.
A: That's good. How do you call hot spring in Japanese?
We call it Onsen.
A: Why do Japanese people like Onsen so much?
I guess they want to relax and enjoy the nice view of the nature.
A: I see. Next question, what is shogun?
He is called a feudal load and he is the chief of Samurai warriors.
(まだ温泉の話が来るかと思い、他の温泉地のことを考えていたので、無意識に大名の答えを言ってしまった。)
A: So, that is shogun?

Shogun? Oh, sorry, I made a mistake. Shogun is the commander in chief and the name is officially given by the emperor. So, he is the chief of Daimyo.
A: Who is Tokugawa?
Tokugawa Ieyasu is the first Shogun in Tokugawa Shogunate.
A: What do you know about him??
Well, he used to live in Nijo Castle and he is enshrined in Nikko Toshogu.
(今落ち着いて考えてみると、もっと歴史的偉業を述べるべきだった。)
A: (微笑みながら)Toshogu...I heared there are several Toshogus in Japan. Do you know anything about them?
I'm sorry, Nikko Toshogu is the only one I know.
A: O.K. Who is your favorite Shogun?
I like Oda Nobunaga.
A: Why is that?
I like him because he was very different form any other Shogun. He was very interested in the Western Culture. He sometimes tried on Western clothes and he had some friends (vassalsというべきだった?)from Western country, too.
(こちらでも、もっと歴史的偉業を挙げるべきだったかもしれないが、このころにはかなり頭の中が真っ白になっていた。)
A: O.K. Next question. I'm very interested in cars. Where can I see large car factories?
If you go to Aichi prefecture, you can see the large TOYOTA factory there. It's very famous.
A: I see. The last question. Why do you want to be a tour guide?
During my stay in the states, I was helped by many people.
I always wanted to return the kindness, and I thought by becoming a tour guide and helping foreign tourists would be the best way.
A: All right. Thank you very much. Just another small question. Was it difficult to study history?
Oh, yes. It was very difficult for me.
A: Is that so? O.K, thank you very much. Have a nice day.
Thank you. You too.
B: Thank you.
Thank you.

 

 

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