November 21, 2016

Laurence Sensei's November web post- For those thinking about living abroad

Moving to a distant country like Japan forces you to learn all the little things in life over again. You have to learn the rules of your new society and what people treasure.

Everything seems a slightly off. There’s nature but the plants and flowers are different. The leaves don't change colour like you remember they do and not at the same time either. There’s fruit and vegetables, but they’re not in season at the same times they used to be. Chicken breasts are cheap and chicken thighs are expensive. Fatty meat is more popular than lean meat. People cultivate the land but instead of endless fields of wheat, canola and soy, there are rice fields everywhere in the countryside.

There’s Christmas, but it’s a day for lovers, not family. There’s Valentine’s Day but girls give chocolate to boys instead of boys giving chocolates to girls. You can get a day off for celebrating a day you never knew was special in the first place, but you also feel like you shouldn’t be working on Christmas day.

Living in another country is worth it. It pushes you out of your comfort zone, evolve and adapt: to become stronger. It’s not always easy. But in the end, it’s an invaluable experience. If you have the chance to live abroad one day, even if it’s scary, even if you’re not completely fluent in your second or third language, please give it a try if you can.

You will become a better person for it.

November 16, 2016

Digging Potatoes in Autumn

It’s time to go back to the fields! We have already planted rice and then harvested it a few months later. Now we are going to be doing some digging…for potatoes! Just as before with the rice planting and harvesting, this activity is part of Seiritsu Gakuen’s Earth Project intended to help students build a connection to agriculture in general and its important relation to Japan throughout its history. The students get shovels and and start to dig in, literally. Some of the potatoes grow quite large, and bundle together numerously. They’re allowed to take home what they dig up so it is a good motivator to work hard and example of the farmers who provide what they eat everyday.




November 10, 2016

October Blog from Emilie

I had three friends who had a birthday this month. Gan-shu are "cream puff in a face." It is a very famous event for high school students who have birthday. They get thrown a shu-cream. It's like with birthday cake.


Also my friend Meg had her birthday this month and we celebrated her birthday at a restaurant with our other friends. I'm really glad I became friends with her. She was one of my first friends I made in my high school in Japan.


I really enjoy gym in Japan. I have so much fun here. We do a lot of things. For example we are doing badminton right now.


Me, my friend Julia and Meg went to Shibuya. We explored Shibuya at night. We bought some disposable camera and took picture. It was one of my best memories in Japan for now. It kinda inspired me in a way. The view and the city. Also the neon lights were really beautiful. It made me want to go to so many places in Tokyo. Or even Japan.


November 7, 2016

Soccer semi-finals

Our soccer teams have been doing very well.

We captured the T-1 league at the end of October. They won decisively with a 6-1 score.
You can see the Japanese post on our main website here:


Now, we are in the run up to the National Championships. We had the semi-finals on Saturday the 5th of November. All of the students and teachers came out to cheer on the team. The boys took the lead in the first half and held on to it to get the win.

You can see the Japanese post for this news here:


Our next game will be on November 12th. It will be held at the Komazawa Grounds.
If you are in the area and want to watch a great game, we would love to have more fans out cheering the guys on.




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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