September 10, 2009

Soccer + the Japanese Summer = Hard Work!

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I arrived in Japan and went to school for only two weeks before the summer holidays began, and from what I had heard from teachers and friends, it gets reasonably hot Japan over the month and a half summer vacation. I’d just come from New Zealand where, in the summer, the weather would rarely go above 25 degrees. Thus when I was confronted by the Japanese summer it was something very new to me.


Since I’m in the soccer club at Seiritsu, I had training six days per week with Monday normally off. For the first 2weeks training was hard but the weather hadn’t quite heated up yet so I was pretty happy. I’d have training in the morning, then play a bit of PS3, watch some TV, and maybe drink the occasional Starbucks Java Chip venti frappacino in the afternoon. In the 3rd week for 10days we did two trainings a day and during these 10days I really felt the power and ferociousness of the Japanese sun. It was relentless in making sure that I felt like collapsing at the end of each day. Then after this we went back to single trainings a day for the remaining weeks which I was extremely happy about!


After experiencing such harsh and powerful heat and humidity, plus double trainings a day, you can start to appreciate the extreme fitness that the Japanese soccer players have and how hard it is to become accustomed to different weather. In New Zealand, when I would play soccer the temperature rarely snuck over 21degrees and the sky would most probably be overcast and I would easily last one game if not two. However, coming and starting to play in this summer in Japan, it was extremely hard for me to try and adjust to the new climate because I would tire out twice as fast when everybody else around me would seem to be fine. I knew it would be hard but not as hard as it turned out to be but now my body will be ready for next year and hopefully I won’t find it as hard as I did this summer!


Liam Graham

September 10, 2009

Sports and Study

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Yesterday was my first day back at school since the summer break and now I’m closing in on end of my school years at Seiritsu. I’ve just come back from the last “Japanese high school summer” I will ever experience and it was again an unforgettable one. Training under the forty degree sun was life threatening but I somehow managed to get over it. The soccer team has built me into a mind and body of steel and into a fighting machine so I am sure I will be strong enough to overcome anything that comes in the future. This summer however was a little different than the others.


On top of soccer I had to prepare for my university studies. This was good in a way because when I couldn’t concentrate anymore with my studies I could switch to soccer and visa versa. University is going to be difficult to get into but if I don’t get in, I will probably to go back to New Zealand. Anyways, I have to go back to my studies now so ill talk to you later!! Wish me luck!!


Ryosuke Yano

September 10, 2009

First Summer in Japan

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My first and probably only summer vacation in Japan was not quite what I expected. Back in New Zealand, summer holidays were generally only 2 weeks long. I am not used to a vacation more than a month long. Since Seiritsu’s was such a long break I quickly went through my list of things to do. Also, because I am living in Saitama, it takes about an hour to get to Tokyo and the train pass for school had finished so I had difficulty making it to the main part of the city.


One place that I went in the holidays was Tobu Dobutsu Koen with Ella. It’s a zoo with an amusement park. It was not so big so there were not very many people (unlike Disney land) so we didn’t have to wait for so long. They had two big roller coasters and two small roller coasters. The roller coasters were the best part and we probably rode them about 25 times.


-Ai

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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