February 23, 2012

Edo Castle park field trip

Today the international students braved wind and rain to visit the Imperial Palace's East Garden where the huge foundation for Edo Castle still remains. Recently the students have finished several lessons on the early history of how the capital was founded by Tokugawa Ieyasu, so seeing some of the very places they have studied was a treat.

Although there is only a broad field in front of the where the castle tower stood inside the inner most walls, we found a map detailing how this area used to be covered in low castle buildings.

Not 5 minutes away is a stone marker signifying the initial location of the 47 Ronin incident.

Here everyone is inside a second layer of walls beside the original samurai guard's buildings. The gardens are definitely worthseeing, and we'll be planning a tour to see other gardens in the near future.

February 23, 2012

Sumo Museum + Edo-Tokyo Museum field trip!

Early this month, the international students visited the Sumo Museum in Ryogoku, Tokyo. The museum is located beside the Ryogoku Sumo Arena, it's free to get in and it contains displays of prominent wrestlers, plus tournament videos.

Behind the Ryogoku Arena is the Edo-Tokyo Museum, and we had a wonderful guided tour by Harriot, who treated us to many tales of the history of Edo, especially Tokugawa Ieyasu.

February 1, 2012

Entrance tests!

Junior high school students arriving to challenge the high school entrance test.

From last week the school has been holding entrance tests for regular Japanese elementary students who want to enter the junior high program, and junior high students who want to enter the high school program. Depending on the course, tests are held for Math, Japanese, English, Science and Social Studies.

For the high school students, there is also a 5 minute interview with two teachers, during which the students are asked questions like how do they go about achieving their goals and why do they want to come to Seiritsu.

The next school year begins in April.



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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