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To: Karin Takeda
Subject: THANK YOU!!!!
Hi, Karin. We got home yesterday. Wait. Maybe it was the day before. I’m still not used to the time difference.

We enjoyed ourselves from the very first day, when we took that bus tour around the city. My parents had such a wonderful time. Now, my dad wants to go back to Japan next summer. I think he’ll travel outside of Tokyo next time, so tell your parents they don’t have to worry about feeding him!
Thanks again.


To: Lana Brown
Subject: Re: THANK YOU!!!!

My family really enjoyed meeting everyone. When I first met you, your family took good care of me during my homestay at your house, so I wanted to return the favor. By the way, I think your father left behind the prize he won.


To: Karin Takeda
Subject: Re: Re: THANK YOU!!!!

So, are you talking about the T-shirt my dad won at that festival on our last day? It says Tokyo in Chinese characters, right? I thought he wore that on the airplane, but I’ll ask him.


To: Karin Takeda

Me, again. I checked. My dad said he had the Tokyo T-shirt. You mean the stuffed toy bear he won at Tokyo Wonderland? He told me to tell you that he gave it to your little sister.

Oh, my dad also wants to know the name of that food we ate at Wonderland. It was like a pancake.

Today, my parents were talking with their friends about Japan. They thought it was interesting how people often dress identically to one another. Not just students in uniforms, but business people dress so much alike. Even at Wonderland groups of young people wore the same character’s clothes, like a kind of uniform.


To: Lana Brown
Subject: Re: QUESTION

Okonomiyaki. I wasn’t sure if your father liked it. Your parents had so much energy. I couldn’t believe they still wanted to go to that festival the next morning after Wonderland. I guess your father wouldn’t have won that Tokyo T-shirt if we had stayed home and rested.

Yeah, I understand what you mean about group identity, but I also find the individuality you see in America interesting. When I lived with you and studied at your high school, I could see it was important for everybody to show their uniqueness. You can find something similar in Japan, too. Even cities and towns all try to have some food or tradition that makes them different. Hiroshima has its own okonomiyaki. Your father might want to go there next year.


To: Karin Takeda
Subject: NEXT YEAR?

Ha! My dad is trying to remember how to say okonomiyaki now, but he can’t. Hey, if I go to Japan again next year with my dad, will you be able to travel with us? It would be our third adventure together!

By the way, my mom was concerned that we were too much trouble for your parents. She said she felt disconcerted that your mother and father were always busy preparing meals, driving us around, and looking after us. Maybe she feels this way because when you stayed at our house, we weren’t like that.


To: Lana Brown
Subject: Re: NEXT YEAR?

I guess it’s common here to show guests that you’re busy caring for them. In America, hosts are more relaxed and allow guests to be independent and help themselves to anything they want.

To be honest, when I was staying with your family, this took a while to get used to. I had just met you and your family, so I didn’t feel comfortable making myself at home. After a while, though, I got used to it and it helped me feel like part of the family.

Attached is a good okonomiyaki recipe. Please show it to your father.

Look out, world! “The Adventures of Lana and Karin Part III” is being planned.


問1 How did Lana and Karin originally get to know each other? 41

① From Karin’s family trip to America
② From Karin’s time studying in America
③ From Lana’s family trip to Japan
④ From Lana’s time studying in Japan

問2 Which of the following did Lana’s father probably do last in Japan? 42

① He went on a bus tour of the city.
② He went to Tokyo Wonderland.
③ He won a stuffed toy bear prize.
④ He won a T-shirt at a festival.

問3 Karin said the idea of individuality 43.

① can also be found in Japanese society
② can be seen in schools around the world
③ is limited to American teenage culture
④ is something that business people avoid

問4 Which of the following is closest to the meaning of the underlined word disconcerted as used in the text? 44

① frightened
② pleased
③ satisfied
④ worried

問5 What did Karin say about being a guest in an American home? 45

① It was difficult because they usually looked busy.
② She loved almost everything from the first day.
③ The family wanted her to do whatever they said.
④ The freedom felt strange but she grew to like it.


問1 41 正解 2
問2 42 正解 4
問3 43 正解 1
問4 44 正解 4
問5 45 正解 4















件名: Re: 質問














問1 ラナとカリンはもともとどのようにしてお互いに知り合ったのか。 41

① カリンのアメリカへの家族旅行から
② カリンのアメリカでの留学から
③ ラナの日本への家族旅行から
④ ラナの日本での留学から

問2 ラナの父親がおそらく日本で最後にしたのは次のうちどれか。 42

① 彼は市内のバスツアーに行った。
② 彼はトーキョーワンダーランドに行った。
③ 彼はぬいぐるみのクマの賞を獲得した。
④ 彼はお祭りでTシャツを獲得した。

問3 カリンは個性という考えは43と述べた。

① 日本の社会にも見られる
② 世界中の学校で見られる
③ アメリカの10代の文化に限られている
④ ビジネスマンが避けるものである

問4 次のどれが、文章で使用されている下線を引かれた単語disconcertedの意味に最も近いか。 44

① おびえた
② 嬉しい
③ 満足して
④ 心配して

問5 カリンはアメリカの家でゲストであることについて何と言ったか。 45

① 彼らは普段は忙しそうに見えたので大変だった。
② 彼女は初日からほぼ全てが気に入った。
③ 家族は彼女に彼らが言ったことを何でもしてほしいと思った。
④ 自由は奇妙に感じたが、彼女はそれが好きになった。

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