January 24, 2020

Ethan's holiday with family from America

For my winter break, my family came to Japan and I spent it traveling around with them. The first few nights we stayed in Tokyo. By now I know the city like the back of my hand, so I enjoyed showing them around some of my favorite places around Tokyo, such as Harajuku, Shimokitazawa, and Yanaka. We then hopped into a bus and rode down to Hakone where we stayed in a beautiful ryokan (traditional Japanese inn). To my delight we had our own personal hot spring in our room and a beautiful view of Mount Fuji from it. Afterwards, we got on the Shinkansen at Odawara and only two hours later we were in Kyoto. In Kyoto I saw beautiful traditional houses and vibrant shrines on almost every corner. The last stop was Osaka, which basically was a mini Tokyo. I sadly couldn't stay up for New Years because we had a 7am flight January first, but it was a winter break I will definitely remember for a lifetime.

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January 22, 2020

Victor's time with friends and Mt. Takao

Hey everyone. Happy New Year. We just restarted school after the winter break. I hope that during the holiday you had a great time like I did. First, it was an occasion to see my friends a lot: we went see films, do shopping, visit exhibitions, and so son. In a word: fun. For the New Year I went with my host family to Mt.Takao. The view from the top of the mountain is just amazing. Now that I have experience with the Japanese New Year I know it's very different than in Belgium. This break was the best I've had since I arrived in Japan.

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January 21, 2020

Mona' winter holiday

The holidays in Japan was an interesting experience. Christmas is not a national holiday, so most people still had school or work. Although Japan did not really celebrate Christmas, New Years is a very important holiday here. There are also holiday illumations all over the city. For example, I went to one in Roppongi with my host family.

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January 20, 2020

Todd makes the most of soccer of winter break

Over the winter break, we had a lot of tough training. We also had a tournament that started on Christmas day and went until the 29th.
It was a very successful tournament for me as I started in Category 2, but was moved up to Category 1 after a couple days and stayed there for the rest of the tournament.
I then went home to Australia for 2 weeks, and enjoyed seeing my family and friends whilst also doing more training.
I am now back in Japan, and back doing school and football every day. I'm looking forward to the next couple of months as they will be crucial for my career.

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January 18, 2020

Hernan enjoys his holiday with homestay family

Over the winter break I took some time to wind down and took a break from my normal study routine to watch Star Trek and talk with my family. For new year's I ate mochi and osechi and was harassed by a pooch trying to steal my food at every meal. I went to a local shrine on the third for my new years wish, which was very laid back. Not much to say other than it was nice being able to sleep in and relax. Good vibes all round.

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January 16, 2020

Faith's Winter Holiday

Hello again!

This holiday season was honestly amazing. For Christmas, my host family celebrated the weekend before Christmas Day (as most Japanese families do) with two amazing dinners together. My host mom even included some avocado because she knows its my favorite! I spent Christmas Day with Mona, one of my best friends on the program, walking around Shibuya and just chatting. These few days were especially difficult as this was the first time for me to be away from my family for the holidays. I miss them so much!

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New Years (which is much more important here than Christmas) was another set of a few amazing days. I spent New Years Eve with my host family and we started the evening with my host grandparents eating a huge and delicious meal. Afterwards, my host grandparents went home and my family just watched TV while eating a ton of snacks, including my absolute favorite Japanese snack: じゃがりこ. Around 11:30 we walked over to a local, but popular shrine. At exactly midnight, the monks rang the shrine bells and everyone rushed (in an orderly fashion b/c Japan) to bow, clap and throw in their 五円 coins. It was such a cool cultural experience.

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Now that school has just started again, I'm realizing how all the time I spent with my host family helped my Japanese language skills. My comprehension skills have improved immensely and I can understand my classes much better than before.

Now after an almost month long break, its time to get back to work. (And look forward to our next big break in March!) - Faith Villarreal

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January 14, 2020

Vicky's holiday

Over the winter holiday, I went to Ao no Dokutsu (meaning blue cave). It is located in Shibuya and it is full of blue illuminated trees. My mom took me there since I'm always busy with soccer. It was beautiful and super fun and I wished I had more breaks from soccer to go to new places with my family.

On December 23rd, we had our last soccer game with the seniors. Sadly, I was injured so I couldn't play in the game but I was cheering from the side hoping we could win. The score was 1-0. We lost but I saw them trying their hardest and having fun which matters the most. I will miss playing with the seniors.

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January 10, 2020

Rebecca's last blog entry

Hello, I am Rebecca. This might probably be my last blog because I will graduate from Seiritsu High School in March and become a university student! Time flies! I would like to thank all teachers and my friends who supported me for three years. You always make me feel confident and passionate. Now I've finished all the tests and decided which university to go to. I want to share some of my exam experiences with you.

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I passed the tests of Sophia University, the news which I knew only a few weeks ago. I used all special recommendation tests for my university test, which finishes earlier than normal Japanese exams. I chose 2 universities to break even and 4 to challenge. So if you want to focus on special exams, you should do many researches to find which school and which major fits you most. Choose schools from different levels, then you can have more choices.

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The three years in Seiritsu was the most amazing time. I learned a lot and made many lifetime friends. The most important, I learned about Japanese culture and history. I studied in class and attended group activities with all Japanese students. I also went on excursions with international department students and teachers. I gained so much happiness and unforgettable memories. For those who are studying and teaching in Seiritsu, I hope you can enjoy days in Seiritsu and keep on working. I am looking forward to enjoying my life as a university student, but I feel so lonely to graduate from Seiritsu ! I will come back to visit you guys soon!

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January 7, 2020

Happy New Year

Hello everyone,

We want to wish you all a very Happy New Year. In Japan it is the start of the 2nd year of Reiwa.

We posted a quick message on the Zebra site as well. You can see it here:

May you have a wonderful new year!

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December 27, 2019

Teresa's Holiday

Teresa's "Today's photo" was put up on the main Japanese website today. You can see the other teachers' posts as well.




about Seiritsu

Seiritsu Gakuen is a private co-educational high school created in 1925 and it is located in Tokyo, Japan.

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