Question No. 20
In some countries, silver gifts are given for 25th wedding anniversaries and gold gifts for 50th anniversaries. But in the United Kingdom, there are also some traditional gifts given to celebrate other anniversaries. Perhaps people are not so familiar with them. For example, for 3rd anniversaries, leather gifts are usually given. Three years later, gifts containing sugar are appropriate. Six years after that, something made of silk is the expected gift. Some might be surprised to find out that diamonds are given not only for engagements, but also for 60th anniversaries.
Question No. 21
Welcome to The Ocean Hotel. Our rooms are decorated in traditional French style, but you can use the latest technology, for example, wireless Internet. Every room offers a splendid ocean view, so you can see the sunset. Our hotel has Chinese, Japanese, and Italian restaurants on the top floor and three coffee shops on the first and second floors, so you can enjoy Asian and Western dishes. In front of the hotel we have an outdoor swimming pool next to the beach, and you can also enjoy an indoor swimming pool and an exercise room.
Question No. 22
Palau is a country in the Pacific. It became an independent republic on October 1, 1994. Palau’s flag is similar to Japan’s because it features a single circle. However, the circle is yellow, and the background is blue. Blue is used to represent the ocean, which the nation depends on for food. Unlike the Japanese flag, the circle on Palau’s flag is a little off-center. Instead of the sun, as on the Japanese flag, the circle represents the moon, which is traditionally thought to be important in the life cycle and customs of the people.
Questions No. 23 to 25
Helen Keller, admired for her work on behalf of people with disabilities, visited Japan three times. She was unable to see or hear, but she was impressed with the kindness of the Japanese people and developed an appreciation of Japan and its culture.
She first came to Japan in 1937, when she was invited by the Japanese government to make a lecture tour throughout the country. While she was here, she was moved by the story about the faithful Akita dog, Hachiko, and wondered if she could have such a dog. Ichiro Ogasawara, a police officer in Akita City, kindly gave her one of his own puppies. She named this dog Kami.
She took Kami home with her, which made Kami the first Akita dog to go to the United States. In a letter to a friend, she called Kami an “angel in fur” and said that he was especially gentle and devoted. She loved this dog so much that she asked for another Akita dog, which was sent to her in 1939. This dog was Kami’s brother, and she called him Go-Go. Helen Keller’s dogs received a lot of attention in the United States, which helped to introduce Akita dogs as popular pets for Americans.
【解答】2015年度 本試験 第４問
問20 ② 問21 ④ 問22 ④
問23 ② 問24 ② 問25 ④