January 15, 2018

JET teacher Teresa's 2017-18 New Year's Blog Post!

Happy New Year! Fifteen days have already passed since the ball has dropped in New York, signaling that 2018 has started.


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Have you done anything different since the new year has begun? Personally, I have been attached to my Harry Potter audiobooks, so you won﹊t see me without my earphones! I﹊m not sure if I want to set a reading goal, but I definitely want to re-listen to the Potter books once I have finished listening it for the first time. There are always details you miss that could open your eyes.


As it﹊s nearing late January, we are approaching something called ﹍daikan﹎ (釐捶), which essentially means really cold weather. This year, ﹍daikan﹎ starts January 20th and ends on February 3rd. As it﹊s said to be very cold during this time, be sure to dress properly!


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Here is a fun, random fact about ﹍daikan﹎ weather: eggs hatched during the early ﹍daikan﹎ weather are called ﹍daikan eggs!﹎ Apparently, they are extremely nutritious and delicious. According to Feng Shui, these eggs also bring luck, health, and fortune! Since it brings such prosperity, I think I﹊m going to grab a couple of these eggs myself! Why don﹊t you try some these coming weeks?


See you!

Teresa

January 15, 2018

JET Teacher Laurence's 2017-18 New Year's Post!

JET Teacher Laurence here.


Happy New Year to all of our readers!


This past December, I decided I wouldn﹊t spend Christmas and New Year and Japan in order to travel and save money. Plane tickets back to Canada usually cost me around $1500! That is over 133,000 Yen!


Instead, I had a video call with my family on Christmas. Then, I went to Numazu, in Shizuoka. The sea was so beautiful. The weather was great too.


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I went to Izu-Mito Sea Paradise there. It﹊s a famous aquarium. My favorite part was the jellyfish tank. You can see Mt. Fuji from the Aquarium. It was very very windy.


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I also went to the Numazu Fish market. I had Kaisendon, pickled squid and fish Miso Soup there. Everything was delicious.


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A friend from America came to Japan for New Years! I guided her around Tokyo and on the 30th we went to the Winter Comiket. It was at Tokyo Big Sight. I had never been to the Comiket before. It was a very impressive event. There were so many people! It was hard to move around but I am glad I went.


I spent New Years at home. I had a lot of things to do. There are so many things I want to do this year. What are your goals for 2018?


Cheers,

Laurence

January 9, 2018

Happy New Year 2018 from Seiritsu!

A belated happy new year to everyone!


Although there have been extra classes thorough the winter holiday, today is the official first day back at school for staff and students alike at Seiritsu. We hope everyone has had a relaxing end of year break.


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This year in the Japanese calendar is Heisei 30, and is a year of the Dog. Dog in Japanese is inu (pronounced 'ee-nuu'), but the kanji (written character) for the usual pet poochie (舅) and the zodiac hound (惎) are different!


In Japan there are several traditions associated with New Year. One of them is Kagami Biraki, or breaking the kagami mochi (rice cake) ritual. More detail on it can be found here. Every year I take part in the kagami biraki ceremony at the Nippon Budokan, the national hall for martial arts. This is a special ceremony because it invites various styles of martial arts to all practice together in the center arena.
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Lots of exciting things are planned for this year, and the countdown to Tokyo 2020 Olympics is well underway! We are also hoping for lots of visitors, so if you are thinking of coming to Tokyo and want to experience life in a Japanese high school, please get in touch and let us know!


Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator

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