December 8, 2009

The Tri-Pod




Hello everyone. Today I wanted to blog about the Tripod. For those of you who are not quite certain what I'm referring and are imagining a camera stand; I'm sorry but you are incorrect. I'm referring a group of three, consisting of myself and my two best friends in Japan, Ryosuke and Liam. Together we make up the Tri-pod! If one leg breaks we all fall. I know its a bit of a corny reference but I think it is appropriate.

For starters, let me explain a bit about my two great friends. Liam, the brains of the operation, is probably the smartest guy I know. He quite literally knows everything! He also plays soccer for Seiritsu's A-team, which is the school's elite team. Liam hails from New Zealand and after graduation in Japan, he hopes to go to Spain. Next we have Ryosuke, also from New Zealand but ethnically a Japanese. Growing up with Japanese parents while living in New Zealand, Ryosuke is bilingual English and Japanese. He also is soccer player at Seiritsu. Ryosuke is the Laughs of the operation as he is able to throw a smile on your face no matter what mood you're in.

These are my two best friends in Japan and together we make the TRI-POD!!!


December 8, 2009

Lots to do in Tokyo


In Tokyo you can always have fun in many ways. I like to explore and hang out in the city. In a city of about 12,790,000 inhabitants there is always something exciting to do. You can go shopping around Ginza and lose all of your money really fast or you could go to Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro for more decent prices.

One weekend two of my friends and I went to play pool. My two friends are Marcus, who is a student living in the same host family as me and his friend Sebastian. The entrance fee was fairly cheap and the place was really big. There must have been almost a hundred tables! It was really fun to play pool. There is definitely something for everyone in Tokyo, you just have to explore a bit.


December 8, 2009

Welcome Rodney

Pictured in the middle.


As the newest member of the Seiritsu Gakuen High School International Department I thought I should dedicate my first blog post to introducing myself. Like any good introduction, I'll you about myself. My name is Rodney James Bayliss and I have flown from my beautiful home town Perth, Australia to become Seiritsu`s newest member. Also to experience life and travel throughout Tokyo.

My usual high school day involves me waking up at the crack of dawn in the freezing Japanese winter weather. I walk to my bus which leaves at 7.03am, then arrive at the train station and pack in like a sardine into the train. I usually get to school just before 8.30am. School is really great, and I have already made a few pals really quickly, plus the students at Seiritsu treat me really well despite my lack of knowledge about the Japanese language. However, I am trying my best to learn more and more each day.

The holidays are coming up soon and that`s when the traveling will begin. I hope to go all throughout the greater Tokyo area and see and experience as much as I can. My time here in this amazing city is short so I hope to make the most of it!


December 8, 2009

Christmas Time in the City


I’ve always experienced a traditional Christmas since I was a kid but this will be the first time I’m spending it in a different way. At least my mom sent me chocolate calendars. If you don’t know what they are, good luck finding out. Just kidding! Everyday from December 1st until the 24th you open a lid on the calender and get a chocolate. Easy? Yes.

I don’t really mind breaking my Christmas tradition because it might be fun to hang out with my sister around Tokyo and see pretty lights everywhere (イルミネーション). Maybe we will get in the mood for strawberry cake and KFC. Looking forward to it!

- Ella

December 8, 2009



If you come to Japan, the first thing that you should do is go to the nearest game centre and find a big photo booth called PURIKURA (プリクラ). You can take 6 pictures and occasionally one or two bonus shots if you are lucky. Then you can decorate them with pretty stickers and pens. It is really popular for junior high and high school students but most people under the age of about 40 enjoy taking purikuras.

Since I have been in Japan, I have probably taken about 20 pictures and I have over a hundred digital ones in my phone. It is only 300 or 400 yen depending on where you go.

They are fun to do :)



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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