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Good afternoon.
A: Good afternoon.
B; Please be seated.

Thank you.
B: Now could you tell me your name and where you live?

My name is XXX and I'm from ..... prefecture.
A: Oh, ......
A: Now, what is the difference between shrines and temples?

(これは練習した質問が来た。と、自信を持って答えた)
Well, first of all, shrine is for Shintoism, and temple is for Buddhism. The easiest way to tell the difference would be in temple there is a gate with doors but temple has a torii. Torii consists of two upright posts connected at the top with two crossbeams. It is usually red.
And in temples, there are lots of cemeteries.
A: I see.
A: Could you tell me about Okinawa?

(沖縄?沖縄何があるかな?とにかく答えよう)
Well, Okinawa is a place where Karate, one of the martial arts was originated in.
Also there are lots of beautiful beaches in Okinawa. So many people visit there and enjoy swimming.
A: When were the Summer Olympics held in Japan?

(オリンピック?ここでまずパニック。冬季オリンピックやワールドカップなどが頭の中で混乱。なおかつ今度のオリンピックはどこだったなどと頭が真っ白になった)
Well, several years ago, we had the Summer Olympics in Japan. And Japanese players did a pretty good job.
A: When was it that the Olympics last held in Japan?

(ごまかしたつもりがまた聞いてきた)
Um, I'm not pretty sure, but I think it was two years ago.
(最悪。外国人も不思議そうな表情をした気がする)
A: I heard there is a rainy season in Japan. What is it?

Ok, in Japan we have four clear seasons, but there is a rainy season between spring and summer. It rains a lot in this season, so people have a hard time playing outdoors. However, rainy season is good for farmers because it brings good crops.
A: How is the climate in winter in Okinawa and Hokkaido?

Well, Okinawa has a mild weather in winter. In Okinawa, it isn't as cold as Tokyo. In Hokkaido, --- you are asking me about summer?
A: No, in winter.

Oh, winter. Of course in Hokkaido, it is very cold. It snows a lot but you can enjoy skiing there.
A: So it's not so cold in Okinawa. I don't have to wear a thick coat in Okinawa?

Um, you don't have to.
A: How has Japan been modernized since the Meiji Restoration?

Well, first of all, there were lots of automobiles. And lots of highways have been developed.
A: I see.
A: Would it be all right to wear a bathing suit in Onsen?

(水着を着てもいいかって?中学生が恥ずかしくてというのは聞いたことがあるが、外人?)
When you go into a public bath?
A: Right.

Well, usually people undress when taking a bath. I think you do the same. You should not have anything on it. But if you really do mind taking a bath with other people, you can ask-- you can use the bath in your own room.
A: Some people enjoy fishing. What kind of fish can we fish in the river in Japan?

(つり。これまた苦手な話題。ほとんどつりしてない)
Well, we can fish --- many kinds of fish. For example, trout. Rainbow trout.
When I took my students to camping, they caught rainbow trout and broiled them and ate for lunch.
(苦し紛れに生徒をキャンプに連れて行った話に転換)
A: Do many people still enjoy fishing?

Yes, but compared to long ago, there aren't as many people, because there are more varieties of entertainment or ways of enjoying ourselves.
A: Could you tell me Japanese way of writing system?

(300選でひらがな、かたかなを練習したが、cursive, angularがまったく思い出せない)
In Japan we use 3 characters in one sentence. Kanji, or Chinese characters, hiragana and katakana. Hiragana is character --simplified from Kanji. And we use Katakana for the words that came from foreign countries, so called loan words.
A: Why do you use Kanji?

Well, we can use one Kanji for describing certain things, so, it is more convenient for us to use Kanji.
A: Ok, thank you very much.
B: Thank you very much.

Thank you very much. Nice talking to you.
Thank you for your time.(あわててどもりがちになった)
最後に挨拶をした後、ドアの手前でもう一度挨拶をしたが、
2人とも採点に忙しそうだった、
とにかく、オリンピックでの失態から始まり、沖縄、つり、水着と予期せぬ質問が多く、参った。なんとか途中でたてなおそうとしたが、ショックで覚えていたことも出てこなかったりした。

 

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