January 29, 2015

Good luck to all entrance exam takers!

It is at this time in the Japanese school year that students wishing to enter their desired junior high school, senior high school or university sit their entrance exams. It is a time of extreme stress and worry for the kids, parents and teachers too, but hopefully all their hard work is rewarded with a pass into their chosen place of study.


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Seiritsu too is holding their entrance exams for both Junior and Senior High school. Good luck to all the entrants!


Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator

January 28, 2015

Jason Davidson puts Australia into the Asia Cup Finals!

Seiritsu Old Boy Jason Davidson's fired his first goal for Australia and has put the Socceroos into the AFC Asian Cup final against South Korea after defeating the United Arab Emirates 2-0.


His match-winning strike against the UAE, who had themselves eliminated Japan via penalties in the quarter finals, confirmed that Australia will be in their second consecutive finals (having lost to Japan in 2011's finals) at Stadium Australia on January 31.


Jason's goal can be seen in the highlights here:



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Listen to Jason's post match interview:



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Well done Jason- We're all cheering for you in the final!


Pete Williams
International Department Coordinator

January 14, 2015

Jason Davidson, a Seiritsu OB, is going strong!

We are very happy to see one of our very own, Jason Davidson, playing in the Asian Cup.


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So far, Australia has won its first two games (4-1 and 4-0). The Australian team has home advantage and some are expecting them to make it to the finals.


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It would be really nice to see Japan and Australia play against each other for the final match.


If you want to read a little more, here are a few links:


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2903371/Australia-4-1-Kuwait-Tim-Cahill-Mile-Jedinak-score-Asian-Cup-hosts-kick-tournament-win.html


http://www.afcasiancup.com/news/en/group-a-oman-0-4-australia/h2smgrmsusg31lzzeazwcp74c


http://www.afcasiancup.com/news/en/troussier-socceroos-to-succeed/1xcgng2l875jq1r12wc647wt3h


http://www.afcasiancup.com/team/en/Australia



January 9, 2015

Welcome to Seiritsu, Marina!

Hi my name is Marina. I am a foreign student from Canada. I will be studying at Seiritsu Gakuen for a year or two. My main purposes for coming to Japan are to experience the Japanese life style, improve my Japanese skill and possibly enter university in Japan. I'm looking forward to my studying at Seiritsu and life in Japan.


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January 8, 2015

Happy New Year from Yuki

Hi, it's Yuki here with my New Year blog!


Throughout Christmas and New Year’s, I was lucky enough to get a two week break to go see relatives, and explore Japan outside of Tokyo.


My first stop was Nara where I met up with my family from Australia and relatives who I haven’t seen for a year. It was a relaxing time for me as I was reunited with my family and was able to fully recover from the busy schedule I had in Tokyo.


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Soon after, we headed out to Hiroshima for a family holiday. We visited historic sites such as the Hiroshima Atomic Dome and the museum connected, which were both confronting but a very significant and important part of Japans history. We also visited one of Japans most beautiful shrine, Miyajima, famous for its floating Torii gates in the ocean.


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After the trip I had a fairly packed holiday, going site seeing in Osaka and Kyoto and visiting friends nearby. I also celebrated New Years in Japan. Here, they have a custom of eating soba at night on New Year’s Eve. It’s called Toshikoshi soba and is eaten to have a long and healthy life.


I’m now back into the usual routine and making the most of my last 3 weeks here!

January 6, 2015

Connor's December and New Year's web post

Hi Guys,


The last month of 2014 was one of the most enjoyable and busy of the year!
The first main event of December were the Exams, similar to last examination period I sat a few of the all Japanese tests which included Kokugo (Japan’s version of our english studies), Political Studies and Health. Unlike last time I was able to read and answer a lot more questions, which was encouraging!


Also, during the examination period the International students were able to use a day to go and explore the area of Nikko (which coincides with our next history study area). We got there quite early in the morning and the weather was really nice; although the temperature rarely went above 3 degrees, it was sunny and still. The excursion was really enjoyable, and Nikko and its environment was really beautiful. I was able to snap a few nice photos.


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After the test period had concluded we had a slow week of school after that and then it was holidays. Like every year, the football club were off to Hasaki, on Christmas day, for a number of tournaments over the next 5 days. The ‘A Team’, which I was in, competed in the Ocean Cup and our group stage games were a success as we won all three and finished with a healthy 14+ goal difference.


Next came the knockout rounds of the competition and we faced Chuo Gakuin from Chiba, we came out 3-2 winners of a very entertaining match. The semi Final brought our team up against Maebashi Ikuei and the encounter was tense throughout with each team defending well. However, a counter attack from the opposition ending in a goal, which came in the last minute of the match, meant we had to settle for a third place play off.


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The third place playoff saw us play Ryukei and it turned out to be a very interesting game, the heavens opened up prior to kick off and the field became a lake and with strong winds blowing it was one of the coldest games I’ve played in. The state of the ground meant the quality suffered and neither side could score as the crossbar seemed to be our greatest enemy, so it went to penalties.


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The shootout was tense like any other and unfortunately our first taker missed. I took the fourth kick, and converted, but we eventually lost. This meant we placed fourth in 2014 Ocean cup out of over 25 teams across Japan which was quite successful. I enjoyed every minute of playing!


See ya Next time,


Connor

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