受験者( 70 ):女性

A: Hello.
B: Hello. Please have a seat.

Thank you.
B: Please tell us your name?
My name is XXX.
B: Where are you from?
I'm from ... in ... prefecture.
A: OK, XX. I'm going to ask you some questions now.
A: Could you describe the climate in winter in Okinawa and Hokkaido?

Okinawa is a tropical place,(semi-tropicalと言うべきだった。)so it doesn't get so cold even in winter. The lowest temperature would be a little less than 20 degrees. (averageにしておけばよかったです。)You can still enjoy marine sports, so it is a popular place for Japanese people to have a holiday in winter. In Hokkaido, winter is very cold there. Especially Asahikawa in Hokkaido is the coldest place in Japan.
(と、ここで昨晩テレビで見たレポートを思い出し、なぜか思わずその話をしてしまいました。)In fact, last night I watched this news report on TV. People in Hokkaido are suffering from the recent high cost of fuel. They can not get enough fuel to warm up the rooms. It's becoming a serious problem there. (と、言いながらこの話しはいったいどこに行くのだろうと私自身も含め、皆思っているのに気付き...) But on the other hand, Hokkaido has a lot of skiing resorts. People go there to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. It's also a popular place for holidays in winter. (無理やり話しを戻しここで切り上げてしまいました。なぜ、それだけ気候の差があるのかの説明を全く忘れていました。)
A: OK. Next question. What type of fish can be caught in the sea around Japan? (というような意味の質問)
Japanese like fish very much. Especially, we love tuna. (と、言ってからマグロは半分以上輸入だという事を思い出し焦る。そこで仕方なく)There is a place called Ooma in Aomori. It's a famous place for tuna. You can get the best quality of tuna there.(また話しが自分の思わぬ方向に行き小パニック。)We can also catch fish like sea bream near the Japanese coast.(と、唐突に終了。試験官A、え、それで終わり?という顔。焦りから他の魚の名前が出てこなかった。)
A: Next. I'd like to ask you about some history of Japan. What influence did the Meiji Restoration have on Japanese history? (のような質問。)
It was one of the most important events in Japanese history, because it helped Japan to be modernized and industrialized. After 250 years of the national isolation, Japan was left behind from all those industrializations(industrial revolutionと言うつもりが。)other countries were experiencing. By opening up the country, Japan could learn (この後の言葉が見つからず間があく。)..new..industry.(意味不明。)After Meiji restoration, Japan eventually became one of the most (またもや間。)..developed countries in the world.(以上です、という顔でBを見る。またもや、あ、終わり?という顔。今思えば、もっと他に言うべきことがあったのに、その時はこれで精一杯でした。)
A: Could you tell me the difference between the shrine and the temple?
A shrine is a place for Shinto, which is indigenous religion of Japan. A temple is for Buddhism. A Shinto shrine usually has a Torii, which is a gateway. It consists of two upright posts and two crosspieces connected at the top. It's quite often red. It stands out, so it's the easiest way to recognize a shrine. Buddhist temples have a gate as well, but it looks quite different. It usually has doors and guardian statues on both sides.? Many of them are very beautiful structures and some of them are national treasures. (ここで、見た目の差を説明するのか、意味の差を説明するのかわからなくなり、とりあえず以下を付け足し。)Usually gods are enshrined in Shinto shrines, whereas a temple is a place for the monks to have a training.
A: OK. That is all. Thank you.
B: Thank you.(初めて少しニコリとしてくれました。)

Thank you very much. (ほっとして、この日一番の笑顔。)