2011年11月27日

・・・最後の日曜日(2次試験まで)

であるけど、まず起きてしたことは犬の散歩。それからヨメハンのスーパーへの買い物の荷物係り。帰ってきて朝昼兼用のごはんを自分で作った(おにぎり+鍋焼きうどん)。でもって、晩御飯のシチューの用意。ヨメハンは病気のオジジの世話に。で。勉強するかと思いきや、ちょっとギターの練習。いろいろ忙しいのだ。

↓ こういうのを見てやりたくなった。むろん、できはしない。



それからやっと昼過ぎになって取り掛かる。一般的事項、歴史まで。文化は明日以降・・・。間に合うのか?

しかし英検やTOEICよりはよほどマジメにやっとるな。すごく短い時間だけど。

で、まあかなり適当ですが自分なりに答練やってみました。喋れるのかという問題はとりあえずかんがえない(汗)。とにかくやってみんことには。文法的なことはかんがえてない(大汗)。

Q.Where can I get a fine view of Mt. Fuji from Tokyo? How can I get to Mt.Fuji?

You can see Mt.Fuji from Tokyo by your eyes on fine and crisp days, but it looks very small, sorry to say.
From nearby railway stations, you can get to the middle of the mountain called Gogo-me by bus.

Q.How can I get to Osaka from Tokyo?

Shinkansen bullet trains go to Osaka almost every 20 minutes, so I think to take the Shinkansen is the most convenient way to get to Osaka. It takes 2 hours and 45minutes to get there. And Shinkansen boasts of not having any serious accidents so far.
By air flight is also available. It is 1hour flight. Both of them cost almost same. But air flights are sometimes canceled by conditions, and to transfer from trains or bus to plane takes time. The cheapest way is to take highway bus. But it takes longer time than Shinkansen or planes, alomot 8hours or so. All things considered, I strongly recommend you to use Shinkansen,of which Japan has been proud.

Q. I like onsen. Why are there so many hot springs in Japan?
What hot spring resort do you recommend?

Because the first reason is that there are many active and dormant volcanoes in Japan. It also means that we have a lot of quakes in this country. Secondly, the Japanese have been eager to find hot springs. Even in the midst of the big city as Tokyo and Osaka, we have found hot springs by deep boring.
There are so many hot springs in Japan, it's hard to make a choice. If you are fond of calm, tranquil atmosphere, I recommend you Kinosaki-Onsen in Hyogo Pref. It's easy to get there by trains, but it preserves old style onsen feelings. In case you'd like to spend a fun time, I recommend you to visit Shirahama Onsen in Wakayama Pref. It has not only onsen but has magnificent sight seeing spots and an amusement park. I think it worth visiting.

Q.The Japanese like hot springs. Tell me why Japanese like hot springs?

Because, there are a lot of hot springs, I believe. But I think the reason why the Japanese people are fond of Onsen is that we have an unaware faith to “Kiyome” or purification. By taking a hot springs, we can get rid of dirtiness from our body, accumulated by daily lives, and become healthy as if we are reborn. It may be a kind of religious act.

Q. I know cherry blossoms are beautiful in Japan, but are there any other flowers I can see? To see cherry blossoms, where do you recommend?

As Japan has moderate climate and a lot of rainfall, you can see various kinds of flowers in this country. For example, Ume, or plum blossoms, can be seen in early spring ahead of cherry blossoms, are the Japanese favorite. It was depicted many times in paintings, especially for the old ones.
I recommend Yoshino as to see cherry blossoms. Its cherry blossoms are called yama-zakura, different kind of common sakura you see often in this country. Yoshino has a numerous numbers of trees, so you will feel as if you're lost in a fantasy world.

Q. Where is the spot young people gather?
In Osaka, what is called Ame-mura or American Villege is a hot spot for the young, they say. It attracts many boys and girls around the region. It is also near to the Osaka's bustling downtown districts, Shinsaibashi, and Nanba.
Q. What kind of Japanese food do you recommend us to eat?

There are too many to recommend, but the winter is coming soon,
Fugu is the best, I believe. Fugu is a fish, has a round shape, funny looking, and formidable poison in its organs. But never be worried about poison, because to handle and cook them is required a qualification by the government. So, as long as you eat them in restraunts, you'll never poisoned. Its sashimi is very good, and Nabe is extremely excellent. Fugu is much cheaper in Kansai than Tokyo, so try one in Kansai.

Q. If I want to go somewhere in Japan and ask you to recommend one place to visit, where would you recommend?

If I had to make a decision, I would recommend Nara as the place you should visit in Japan. Kyoto is excellent indeed, but Kyoto is a modern big city as well as a thousand years capital. Nara used to be a capital before Kyoto. It preserves old Japan's atmosphere more than Kyoto, I believe. Especially, the Buddism arts there are magnificent, such as Daibutsu, Yakushiji-Temple. Nearby Nara city, there are other cultural heritages as Horyuji-Temple and the oldest ancient capital, Asuka village. The old name of Nara region is Yamato, it also means Japan itself. So, Nara is sometimes called as a home of Japan.

Q. What is the Japanese climate like?

Japan has four distinct seasons. And one season goes to the next, rain falls for several period. The longest rainy season is called Tsuyu, from mid June to Mid July, almost one month or more.
When Tsyuyu front line goes away, hot and humid summer comes along. Spring and Autumn are comfortable, and good seasons to get around in Japan. Winter in Japan differs much between the regions. Along the Japan Sea side, there falls snow much. You can enjoy skiing or snowboarding there. In contrast, along the the Pacific Ocean side, it gets extremely dry, windy and chilly cold.

Q. What is the Edo Period?

Edo Priod started in 1603, the year a famous warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu took power and became a Shogun, and lasted to 1868, the last Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu stepped down from Shognate.
It was nealy 300 hundred years feudal era, and although there were certainly some harsh famines and natural disasters as quakes and tsunamis, but no major civil wars, a relatively peaceful period.
As a whole, Edo period can be said to be cradle years for the modern Japan after the Meiji Restration.

Q. When did the last Shogunate end? Who was the last Shogun? What kind of person was he?

The last Shogun was Tokugawa Yoshinobu, he resigned Shognate in 1868. He is said to have been very smart and intelligent. His tragedy was that he knew well Tokugawa Regime was to be doomed, but he had no way to refuse to become a Shogun. He became a high ranked aristocrat in Meiji, after several years of house arrest, and lived long.

Q. Would you explain the Meiji Restoration? How did it change Japan?

Under the Edo Bakufu or Tokugawa Administration, aristocrats, including Emperors, were stripped off their political power and became nominal authorities. Near the end of the Edo Period, “Back to the ancient” movement took place , the rebel force succeeded in toppling the Edo Bakufu. The Emperor System was maintained, so we call the incident not revolution but restoration.
Meiji Restoration was aimed at making Japan to a modern nation, so the Meiji administration pushed forward to the rapid Westernization. They imported eagerly industrial techniques, and the old class society was abolished, and the old customs as chonmage, or old hairdo for men, belting a sword, as well. Meiji Restoration is defined to be a starting point for the modern Japan.

Q. What is samurai? Do samurai still exist? How large was the samurai population? What kind of people other than samurai were there in the Edo Period?

Samurai ,or Bushi in another word, was a dominant class in the Japan's feudal era. Originally, Samurai emerged as security guards for aristocrats. Gradually accumulated clout during the Heian Period, they took power in the late thirteen century by Minamoto Yoritomo. Since then, Emperors and aristocrats went away from the political scene until the Meiji Restoration.
As the old class society was abolished after the Meiji Restoration, we haven't had any samurai since then. Samurai population was less than 10% in Edo Period, it is said. The whole population was about Thirty million, so the samurai population could be about two million, but exact numbers are still unknown.
The Old Class Society in Edo Period consisted of samurai, peasants, craftworkers, and merchants. Plus, there were some people who were defined as outcast.

Q. Were there any female rulers in Japanese History? What do you think of a woman becoming an Emperor?

Yes, there used to be female rulers in Japan. But they were very few. The most famous female ruler is Himiko, a legendary queen of the third century. But her existence still has not been confirmed.
Japan has had some Empresses in history, but all of them were interim to the next male Emperors.
Under the current Imperial law, only male can be an Emperor. I don't oppose to woman Emperor, but anyway the law amendment is necessary.
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ギター、YOU TUBEのやつ見たけど、これくらい弾ける様になるためにはどうするわけ?

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さ、勉強しよ(汗)

ほなね〜。
Posted by 大阪の主婦 at 2011年11月27日 21:28
おはよ〜。また一週間が始まる・・・。

きのうせっせと予想質問の答えを作ってたんや。はあ、しんど。いまから文化系統のを作って、音読や・・・。あと英会話喫茶行って模擬答練やってオワリ。いまみたら、ボロクソな英語やな。主語がないのとかいっぱいあるで(汗)。

ギターはこんなんでけるまでどんだけかかるんかな。いちばん最初の3コード(E7、A7、B7)だけしかでけん・・・。ギター弾けたら「モテモテ」になるかな・・・。憧れの「モテモテ」くんに(笑)。

はああ・・・・。
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