受験者( 40 ):男性

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試験官

<試験官A>

日本人30歳代(?)女性。終始にこやかでした。

<試験官B>

50歳代(?)のおそらくアメリカ人。しゃべり方は若干早めで、ぼやぼやしていると聞き逃しそうになる。

質疑応答

Good Morning.

Good Morning.

Please put your things on the table.

Thank you.

Please have a seat.

Thank you.

How are you today?

I'm fine thank you.

May I ask what is your name?

My name is ........(住所は聞かないのかなと思っていたら、Bがいきなり本題に入ってきました)

I'm interested in hot springs in Japan. Where should I go?

There are many good hot spring resorts in Japan. If you are in Tokyo, I would recommend going to Hakone, because there are many beautiful sceneries and Hakone is a very popular all year tourist destination.

I'm in Shinjuku. How can I go to Hakone?

You can take "Odakyu line" from Shinjuku. It takes about one and a half hours by the super express train.

Is it the Shinkansen?

No, it is the super express train called "Romance car".

That's a wonderful name. Now, I'll ask you about history. What is a feudal lord procession?

Feudal lords governed their fiefs. In the fuedal ages, Japan was devided into fiefs, and each fief was governed directly by the feudal lord. However, absolute power to administrate Japan was held by the Shogun and his government.(processionをprofessionと勘違いし、上記のように答えてしまった。)

How many fiefs were there in Japan?

I'm not exactly sure, but I think about 20.

OK. I would like to know about procession of fuedal lords, procession.

(ここで大名行列をきいていることがようやくわかった。)The Tokugawa Shogunate kept feudal lords' family as a hostage in Edo. So, feudal lords had to make a procession to visit Edo from their fiefs.

Where is Edo?

Edo is the former name of Tokyo.

Were their family really hostages?

Yes, they were, but not whole family, wife and some children alone.

Wow! That means the lords had to live in both Edo and their fief.

Yes, they had to. The purpose of the procession for the Tokugawa Shogunate was also to let them spend a lot of money on the procession. Because the Tokugawa shogunate didn't want them to be rich or strong.

How often did they need to make a procession?

I'm not exactly sure, but I think probably once a year.

Well, what kind of TV programs do you prefer to watch?

I prefer to watch dramas of history programs.

What program, for example?

I watch "Atsuhime", broadcasted by NHK. She was a princess of Satsuma domain and married Shogun. It was the turbulent days, because the Tokugawa Shogunate was required to open the country for trade by western countries, and also the imperial court and some domains insisted to drive away foreign countries and modernize the political system.

You said fief before, is domain same as fief?

Yes, it's the same meaning.

Did she help to open the country?

No, Japan was already open partially in 1854.

What did she do?

It was a time the imperial army was about to atack Edo. If they attack Edo, it would be terrible disaster.(仮定法過去などは、とても使えませんでした)Then she saved Edo with the help of Katsu Kaisyu, a goverment official of the Tokugawa Shogunate. He negotiated with the head of the imperial army.

Well, it's time.

Thank you very much. Have a nice day.

Thank you. Bye-bye.

受験の感想

大きな質問は温泉、大名行列、TV番組の3問だけであり、すぐ終ってしまったような気がします。大名行列は全く予想外だったので、最初は聞き取れず、大名だけの説明をしてしまいましたが、その後気づき、なんとかフォローできたのではと思います。

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