January 30, 2017

Gab's Holiday Blog

Hey guys long time no speak (hisashiburi)

I've just came back from Australia (from a little bit of a holiday).

During my time in Australia I spent a lot of my time going to the gym. As well I spent a lot of time with family and friends which was nice as I hadn’t seen some of them for a year.


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Since coming back I’ve been able to get straight into training. Since I have comeback into pre-season the training load has been extreme as well - with even harder running and training drills. We have the legendary Yon-ma where we do 4 laps around the soccer pitch and the baseball pitch (around about 3.5 kilometres) in under 10 minutes. As well, sometimes we would do 10 laps in under 30 minutes. We did at least 1 of them everyday which was really tough but needed. Besides training we’ve had a couple of practice games which is always good. As well, it was nice to see the boys and the coaches again. Since the last time I’ve been in Japan the weather was quite nice with mid 25 degree weather, where now its almost -1 degrees everyday which was quite a shock to my system coming from 40 degree weather in Australia.

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I look forward to the future and can’t wait to start the season.

That's all for now Gabriel Beck-Godoy (Gabu)


January 26, 2017

An Excursion Blog from Emilie!

We went to Tukiji for the international excursion. Tukiji was supposed to move to near Toyosu station. It might move in the future but for now it still remains in Tukiji Shijyo.


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I've never been to Tukiji so I was very excited to go. I learned many things. The market, which started in the Tokugawa period, was rebuilt in 1923 so it means it’s been 94 years since then, They moved it after the Kanto earthquake to it's current place now.


We ate some fresh fish in Tukiji. This is the picture of my lunch.

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After lunch, we learned more about the history and stories about Tukiji.
Over all this experience of going to Tukiji for the first time was great. I would love to go again another time so I can get to see more of the process of the market.

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January 25, 2017

Meg's Holiday Blog Post!

On January 1st, I went to Asakusa's Hatsumoude with my friend.

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Hatsumoude is a Japanese traditional thing that we do when the year changes.
We go to a temple and throw money in a big box and clap our hands a couple times and wish for stuff.

Every year I put in a 5-yen coin because it has the meaning of having a good Goen.
Goen means meeting new people and having good relationships.

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After I finished doing that I went to a thing called "Demise".
Close to the temples, there are a lot of shops that sell food and sweets .
I ate baked potatoes with butter and miso on it. It's my favorite food that I always eat when I go to places like there.
After that I ate sugar covered strawberries. It was my first time eating it but it was delicious!!!!!!

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January 23, 2017

JET teacher Teresa's January blog post!

Happy New Year and best wishes for a new beginning!


I hit the road running in this new year. I started things off with an omurice (my first one ever) and a Taiko performance on New Year’s Day. Personally, I think of me having the omurice as me experiencing new things without fear in 2017 and the Taiko performance as the strength I will carry forward.


In fact, I am planning on taking more trips throughout Japan and countries around me this year.


My first trip was to Kyoto for an English teaching seminar. Kyoto was absolutely breathtaking with its countless temples, but the crowds of people immediately reminded me of Tokyo.


I stayed in the heart of Kyoto in a hotel reserved by the seminar. This seminar focused on teaching English through English with active learning. Even though the seminar was only two days long, participants successfully completed a myriad of tasks, such as writing a team teaching plan, performing the plan with a Japanese English teacher, observing other teachers, and criticizing their classroom performance. It was a priceless experience.


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Amongst these activities, we also had a grand meal with over 10 different courses served! I had never been as full as I was then. I was taught to never leave food as it’s a waste and insult to the workers who had helped farm, harvest, and cook it, but I could not bear to swallow another bite!


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I have more pictures of more food, but it won’t fit in this collage!


At the end of the seminar, we were told that they were going to choose two winners for the best teaching plan and performance. I really had no idea, but my team had won first place! They awarded my team a box of chocolate because of the great teamwork we had. I am very grateful for the chocolates and want to say even here that this prize was a team effort!


For those interested, this seminar is run by ACROSS, a non-profit, self-funded organization of English teachers in Japan


Cheers!
Teresa

January 19, 2017

JET teacher Laurence's January Blog Post!

Hello everyone! Happy new year of the chicken!


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Chicken? Eh? That’s right! You’ve probably seen it everywhere from pictures in convenience stores to your New Year greeting cards: 2017 is the year of the chicken (or rooster, depending of the translation you find)!


However, what does it mean? Does it mean you can eat more chicken this year? Not exactly…although chicken breast is pretty good for your health and you should try to eat it more often than chicken thighs.


As you might know, animals are associated with years in the Chinese zodiac, which is known and used in many countries. People born on the years 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017 were all born under the sign of the chicken. Of course, whether you choose to believe in what is written about your sign is entirely up to you. Either way, I think we should try to make the most of every year, no matter what the zodiac says. What do you think? Are you a rooster? What are your goals for this year?


Here is some information about what characteristics people born in the year of the Rooster have.

January 16, 2017

Emilie's December Blog Post!

December is the last month of the year.

I have learned so many things in 2016. A lot has happened over the year in the world, and I can't wait for another years to come.

Starting off in December we had our exam coming up. I didn't stay after school to study but I did at home. It was more quiet and calm at my house.

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On the 24th i spent with my niece, and on 25th i spent with my mother. I went to my niece to give her Christmas present and ate dinner after. On the 25th me and my mom went to Yokohama to just hang and chill. Yokohama is located in Kanazawa. A little bit far from where we live. But we still went anyways. We had a view table and ate Mexican food. The dessert we had was like Pinoy food.

These are some of the pictures from both days

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Me and my dad went to Miyagi where my dad was born. We didn’t go to his home town but we went to Sendai where Miyagi’s capital is. We went there especially to see “The Light of Pageant”. It was very pretty to see and I am glad I went to see it but also I got to spend time with my dad. I got to see what he saw when he was younger.

We had an excursion at our school. I went with the international department. I will write a different blog on this experience.

January 13, 2017

December Blog Post From Meg!

A professional baseball player came to our school.

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The famous baseball player used to be a student from Seiritsu high school. He talked about his experiences and about his life. We were allowed to ask questions, so some people were asking many questions.
My baseball club adviser introduced me to the baseball player so I was able to take a picture with him. It was really exciting meeting a baseball player that's from the same school that I am in.

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In December, I went to my friend Saori's house to have a sleepover. When I got to Saori's closest station, she came to pick me up with her bike and we went to Karaoke for 4 hours.
After we finished singing, we headed to her house. On the way there we went to a convenience store to buy lots of candy and drinks for our snacks to eat at night. We went in the bath together, slept together, and dried each other's hair - just like sisters would do.

The next day, we had school so we woke up at around 6:00 and got ready for school.
We didn't have time to eat breakfast so we bought food on the way to school. It was a nice night.

January 12, 2017

Good luck on the Center Test!

Many high school students across Japan will be taking the "Center test" this weekend. We have quite a few students who will also take this test.

The Center Test is properly known as the National Center Test for University Admissions. It is a standardized test that is used in the admission process of many universities throughout Japan. Approximately 550,000 students take the test every year all on the same day and all at the same time across the country.

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It is a very important test for students as it helps them get into the university that they wish to go to. As a result, it is a major event for the country and all the news services will focus on the test for the next few days. The transportation systems and the weather are a major concern. Since the test is held in the middle of January, there is invariably troubles with snow somewhere in the country. Tokyo's forecast so far is looking good..

Good luck to all!

January 10, 2017

Seiritsu Welcomes Peter, a new International Student!

Hey my name is Peter Kim and I am 17 years old from Sydney, Australia.


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I am currently here in Japan pursuing my soccer dreams and experiencing this extremely different and new culture. It is extremely cold here and hard to adapt to, especially coming from the warm weather back in Sydney. It has been a frustrating start not being able to train due to a knee injury but I am extremely keen to join the boys and get back into routine!


Transitioning into the dorm at Higashi Washinomiya has been quite challenging as I knew nobody and the language barrier has been tough to communicate with others but the boys have looked after me and have been really helpful in settling me in.


Looking forward to what the future holds and getting back into soccer!



(Welcome to Seiritsu, Peter!)


January 10, 2017

AED training

Every year our school holds a seminar for teachers on how to use an AED.


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While we always have medical staff at the school, there are so many club activity events, school trips and other such activities away from the school that it is important for us all to have some training for those rare emergencies.


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New teachers as well as more experienced ones get a few hours of hands-on practical training. This year was Coren Sensei’s first time attending. We were extra lucky to have the school nurses with us. They could give us even more feedback.


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We hope we never need to use the training. But we will be ready if it is needed...

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Seiritsu Gakuen is a private co-educational high school created in 1925 and it is located in Tokyo, Japan.

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