September 29, 2019

Welcome Mona!

Hello! I'm Mona. I am 16 years old and an exchange student from America. I've been in the country for around a month. So far, everything has been great; from the food to people to atmosphere! I'll be at Seiritsu for 9 months and am very excited for every second! My host family are some of the nicest people I've ever met and there are so many clubs to choose from!

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September 28, 2019

School festival - Day One

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Today was the first day of the school festival.

Students and visitors alike are having a great time.

There is still one more day to go.

If you can come on by, please do!

September 28, 2019

Ethan from Chicago!

Hello! My name is Ethan Siegel and I'm from Chicago, Illinois. I am attending the 2019 fall semester at Seiritsu Gakuen. At my initial arrival at Seiritisu I was delighted to know that there were some plenty of clubs and sports to choose from which in the long run helped me a lot in finding and making Japanese friends. Alongside that, being able to take classes taught by the international department in English with my regular classes taught in Japanese have really helped with alleviating the language barrier. I am really excited for the rest of my stay in Japan and at Seiritsu Gakuen!!

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September 25, 2019

Say hello to Kyle!

My name is Kyle Tang. I'm 17 years old. I'm in my first year at SEIRITSU GAKUEN. I joined the basketball team in my school because I like basketball very much.I think that playing basketball is such a cool thing to do. I hope to improve my playings skills while here.
I from China.I have lived in Japan for two years.Japanese people are very kind. My classmates are too.I want to make more Japanese friends.
If we go out to eat together, I want to say, I like beef best. But I don't like spicy food.^_~
Let's make friends!

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September 24, 2019

Annual visit from Fairhills High School

Every year we have the great pleasure of hosting students from Fairhills High School.
The teacher that brings them out every year is the same. She is very bright and friendly and always brings wonderful students with her. This year was no exception. Thanks, Jessica!

The students joined our Naishin (内進) class and they were able to get many of them to talk a lot in English. Our students could repay some of the kindness that they had encountered in Australia last March.

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The visiting students were given the chance to enjoy the tea ceremony with the tea ceremony club and Nakamura Sensei.

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It is thanks to all the wonderful teachers that we have here at Seiritsu (and the visiting teachers, too!) that visiting students (and our own students) are able to enjoy so many fantastic experiences. Thank you everyone!

September 24, 2019

Skylar comes to school!

Hello, my name is Skylar! I am an international student here at Seiritsu for this semester!

I have been here for about 3 weeks in Japan so far and I am enjoying everything a lot! After school I pass through many stations such as Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, and Shimo-Kitazawa and with my train card, I can get off at any of them for free! I've been able to shop after school and it allows me to discover new places all the time. One of my favorite things I've been doing so far is hunting down cool ガシャポン (gashapon) which are capsule toys that you can find in many big cities, malls, and even inside some popular restaurants! They also have a lot more than toys! Sometimes they have small pouches for pencils, small lights, or even in a recent one I got a mini fan!

This past Wednesday was the 稲刈り (rice harvesting) at school! It was so fun to be with my classmates outside of the classroom environment and I had tons of fun cutting the rice which we are going to be selling in the school festival! After the 稲刈り I went to a cafe with my friend and we got bubble tea! Right now bubble tea (タピオカ) is super popular in Japan! You can find it anywhere and it seems if it isn't a cafe devoted to selling bubble tea, that many other restaurants have picked up on the trend and sell some bubble tea! You can even find タピオカ candies in convenience stores or find bubble tea inside vending machines.

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September 21, 2019

Student charity work

Our junior high school students have been doing some charity work to help the areas affected by the typhoon which passed by on September 8th.

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Our school uses that area for several different events including the ocean fieldwork that's linked to our National Geographic project.

You can see some of the videos of the area on our Seiritsu TV page.

Because of that connection, we wanted to do something to help the people in that area.

We have several posts in Japanese about their activities.

Here are the links:




It's so nice to see the kids getting involved with the local/national community.

September 20, 2019

Teresa and friends harvest rice.

Rice Cutting

Every year, first years in Seiritsu get to have an amazing opportunity to get back to nature and understand a small part of the difficulty farmers experience. We went to Saitama to cut some of the rice we planted, a process we call inekari or 稲刈り.

Like always, it was a marvelous experience. You have a chance to bond with friends outside the classroom, scream in delight as your shoes get stuck in mud, and harvest rice for the school festival; we use the rice to make mochi!

The pictures below tells the story better than I can.

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September 11, 2019

Hernan from Nevada joins us!

My name is Hernan, and I came to Japan about a week and a half ago and have been attending Seiritsu for three days. I am greatly enjoying my time here, as I am constantly learning, even if it is only bit by bit. My classmates are very friendly and eager to try and answer any questions that I might have. Hopefully my Japanese will improve to N2 level while I am here but I will have to study as much as I can.
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September 10, 2019

Scarlett tackles Mt. Fuji!

Over summer I decided to do something which has been at the top of my Japan bucket list. I decided to climb Mount Fuji.

Back in the UK, I love to climb mountains and go on walks but I never climbed anything as high and beautiful as Fuji-San. Many people told me I should be worried and that the climb was very difficult, so I was very nervous.

Luckily the climb wasn't as bad as I expected, coming back down was the main struggle. But after seeing the stunning sunrise and experiencing a snow blizzard at the top my spirits remained high and I felt a real sense of accomplishment.

This will forever be one of my favourite memories.
Do you have any favorite memories?

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September 10, 2019

Vicky's summer activities in Japan and the US

This year was the shortest summer vacation I've ever experienced. This summer I was very busy with school and soccer. We had a month off from school. I went to 2 soccer training camps in July and August. It was really hot and we practiced 4-6 hours a day for a week. Tough practices but super fun to spend more time with my teammates. I learned new things and made a lot of memories. the day after the training camp in August, we had a day off and I went to Odaiba TeamLab with my family. I have always wanted to go there so I was really excited and happy. It's always nice to have day off to spend time with families.

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I went back to the US with my family for 2 weeks. I got to see my old soccer team and my friends. Since it was also their summer vacation, we got to hangout a lot and catch up on things while the time we didn't see eachother. I missed all my friends, the weather, the environment, food, and everything back in Cali. My brother is going stay in the US because he is going to college there from this September, so I hope I get to go back and see them soon again.

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September 9, 2019

It's Faith from Washington state!

Hello, my name is Faith. I am from America, specifically Washington state. I'm 16 years old and am spending my sophomore year at Seiritsu. Despite being in Japan for a little over a week, Seiritsu students and staff have been so kind and welcoming. Even though the students were a little reluctant to talk to me at first, I've made plenty of new friends within the first few days. In terms of school life, classes are tough to understand in Japanese but the support from classmates and teachers helps a lot. I leave most classes feeling comfortable with the material. Tomorrow, the girls' tennis club starts up again after ending for holiday and I am eager to meet the club members. Currently, I am living with a host family who are super kind and understanding. Their daughter and I get along so well! I can't wait for all the adventures to come this year! -Faith

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September 5, 2019

Fall excursion 2019

Today we took our new students on an excursion. We were able to bring some of our other students with us as well. (But a few of them have tests later this afternoon, so you can see one of them studying his vocabulary in the picture!)

In the morning, we visited the Science museum located in Ueno Park. We were able to show them a few sites along the way (Ueno Toshogu, Ueno zoo, National Museum etc) but we did not have time to go into any details. We hope they come back in the weekends to do more exploration on their own.

After lunch some of the students headed back to school for tests and club practice. A few others came with us to the Safety center in Kinshicho. There are several centers around Tokyo. We usually visit the one in Ikebukuro.
(Here is a link to a past visit:)

This center has a few more experiences than the other locations. It was really neat. A few of the students might write about their experiences in their blogs in the coming weeks. We will let them tell you more. But we highly recommend taking some time to experience these activities. They are enjoyable and could prove useful in the future.

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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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