June 11, 2009

A student post: lions and tigers and bandages oh my!

The thing I’ve become very familiar with here in Japan is... bandages. That’s right. Since I’m such a clumsy person I get hurt a lot, and that’s why I need to have a lot of bandages with me all the time. I buy them from drug stores and usually pick up the cheapest one. There are still differences between every store.

In every drug store they have cheap bandages, and the packet contains 100 of them. I’ve already tried 4 (so that means I’ve used over 300 bandages) different kind of bandages. Usually the color matches with my skin and those I don’t like, because I have to change them all the time, because the glue is so weak. The best ones are from where I live. I can just run over there in emergency, wohoo!

I’ve also tried these really big ones. I like the back side color of them - it’s sea green! But those I don’t need anymore, but they were kind of expensive, so I won’t miss using them.

Maybe I’ll become a bandage expert while living here and I can show off my knowledge about them when I go back to Finland. Yay!

- Ella

June 11, 2009

A student post: Koshigaya Laketown


Hello everyone, It’s Ai again. Last week after having all of our tests, Ella and I went to Koshigaya Laketown in Saitama Prefecture which has the largest shopping centre complex in Japan called Aeon Laketown. We took the JR Musashino Line and while we were in the train, we were in the country side. I never thought that the biggest shopping mall in Japan would be in the country side.

When we arrived at our station, everything looked new, and I found out that Aeon Laketown was opened last year in October. It has over 550 shops and it is about a kilometer long with about 4 or 5 stories. It was the biggest shopping mall I have ever seen in my life. It had 2 buildings, one was called Kaze, meaning “wind” and the other was called Mori, meaning “forest" which were joined together.

Ella and I didn’t go around to all the shops because we didn't have enough time. Also, we got lost because it was so big it was like a maze. It could take me 3 or 4 days to get around everywhere but I am not so stupid as to try that. ^_^


June 11, 2009

A student post: What I can take away from my experience

Last Week at Seiritsu: What I can take away.

Well, for the EF trio (Poom excepted) it’s our last week here at Seiritsu.
It has definitely been an experience, not just going to Seiritsu and the various classes and our hodgepodge group of students, but also basing life around a high school schedule. It can be difficult, but it did keep us busy, working, and fully functional- Hey, we wanted to live a year as a Japanese High School student, and you know what? We did.

What I think I’ll take away the most from this experience is studying habits. It involves rigorous, non-stop studying, without letting my mind tell me that I’m tired. That’s pretty much the Japanese ‘way’. Other than that, I think I can take away things like Japanese hospitality. Their openness was a shock to me, and I never expected anything of the sort when I first arrived here, nor did I know how to respond to it; but now I do, and when I go back home, I will have new social skills to work with.

Well, I’m hoping for a great last week, saying bye to everyone, and flying off on a happy-high.
Thanks to all my readers, I hope you enjoyed my blog posts!


- David Alexander

June 11, 2009

A student post: the ICE BOX

A great Japanese invention is the ICE BOX which is, in simple words “frozen juice”. Summer in Japan is super hot and humid and even just sitting around makes you tired. In a couple of months summer will be here and the only thing I can think of that can save me is the ice box. Ice box is great because it’s cheap, tasty, and easy to carry around.

I think that ice box will be really good because you can buy it with just one 100 yen coin. Back in New Zealand it would be like a one dollar ice cream, which you cannot find very often. When its forty degrees outside, the best thing to have is a nice cold icy drink with a fruity taste. Ice box is exactly that. This summer after every training I am really looking forward to walking home with friends while I'm holding an ice box in my left hand that is just waiting to be poured into my mouth.

Another good thing about it is the container that it is in. it fits perfectly into your palm and it is small enough to carry it around everywhere. Ice box is going to be the one thing that will help me survive this summer. Starting today I'm going to start saving money so I can buy one every day!


June 11, 2009

A student post: My last week at Seiritsu


Hey Everyone! This week is my last week at Seiritsu. My exchange year is coming to an end. I’m leaving Japan around the end of this month. It was a very cool year where I was able to experience the Japanese culture and even though it wasn’t always as easy, I’m very glad I went. I made a lot of super awesome friends, have visited many cool places and I even speak a little Japanese now.

I really want to thank all my friends, especially Ryosuke, David and Poom. I’m going to miss them a lot when I’m back in Holland. You guys are like my brothers from other mothers!!
Almost every weekend I hang out with my friends in Shibuya, Ikebukuro or some other cool and famous places. With the amazing train system in Tokyo it’s very easy to get around
My Japanese improved a lot since last year. I learned the most by just listening to other people talk. At first I had a lot of problems talking back, but after a couple of months I finally got it. Right now it’s pretty easy to have conversations so I have a lot more Japanese friends than before.

I also want to thank Richard, Nick and Lawrence for teaching me at this school. Even though I already graduated in Holland, I learned a lot of new things. Also I want to thank Richard and Lawrence for teaching me karate and taking me to the big karate tournaments. That was something that made my year here very special.
Ok that’s it for me. Thanks for reading!




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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