October 22, 2019

Hernan settles in

This is Hernan again with an update on being in Japan. I am getting used to life here and believe that my Japanese has been steadily getting better. As I settle into my routine, everything feels more natural. I went to Yokohama recently and saw the Chinatown there- the food was delicious!


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October 21, 2019

Another first! (American University Meeting)

Another first!
本校初海外大学説明会

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We held our first explanation meeting for studying abroad at American universities last Friday.

Read about it on our school's main website. It is in English and Japanese.

https://www.seiritsu.ac.jp/topics/2019/1018191952.html

October 20, 2019

Ethan goes to Yokohama

It's been a month and a half in Japan and I've been having one of the best times of my life. However, the commute to school and the 20,000 steps a day might have been taking a toll on my feet, it's worth it. Everyday is a new adventure whether that is sitting in a Starbucks looking over the famous Shibuya scramble or shopping in the side streets of Harajuku. No day is a restless day in Tokyo.
I have found some of my favorite moments to be some of the simplest ones. These moments often were sitting in a quiet cafe corner with a friend or exploring a grocery store enjoying all the flavors that Japan provides. Even though I have almost 14 million neighbors, I still manage to always find a peaceful side street or park bench.
Mostly notably, my school festival has definitely been the biggest highlight so far. Which was nothing like I have experienced back in America. The entire school (excluding the third years who were studying for college exams) stopped class for almost a week prior just to prepare for the festival. My class and I worked from 8:20am to as late as 8pm somedays just to be able to make the best possible festival for friends, family, and guests. The result was a spectacular two day festival with plenty of sweet and savory food stands, rides, mazes, and various exhibits showing off the sports and arts clubs at Seiritsu. Overall I am having an amazing time, even though I always go to bed exhausted, it's worth every second.

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October 19, 2019

South African TV crew

Hello everyone!


As we often say, the international department at Seiritsu Gakuen is involved in a lot of stuff. This week we had a TV crew in from South Africa. They are here covering the World Cup but they're also filming some other programs while they are here. One of the things they wanted to do was film some karate (with one of my Sempai who is from South Africa). I was asked to assist and we were able to use one of the Dojo at the school.


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Next year with the Olympics I'm sure there will be more chances like this.

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October 18, 2019

Mona's impressions of the last few weeks.

The last month and a half in Japan has been wonderful. So many things has happened. In only the last couple of weeks, I've been to a festival at my local Shinto shrine, Disney Sea, and Kamakura. The highlight of my time here though was definitely the school festival.

The week leading up to the festival, classes were cancelled on the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday so everyone had time to decorate the classrooms. For the festival, my homeroom created a Mario themed game. It was really fun! We had a maze and games such a bowling and whack the mole. The food was also pretty good. The second year classes, instead of creating games handled the food booths. They sold items such as churros, ice cream floats, and fried chicken.

Overall, Japan has been amazing. I've made so many great memories with my friends!

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October 15, 2019

Ban loves Japanese food!

I have tried a lot of Japanese food in more than two years in Japan, such as syapusyapu, sushi, ramen... But my favorite is barbecue. In China, we usually don't use sauce when eating barbecue, but in Japan, I tried Japanese sauce, which is delicious. Basically I go to the barbecue once a week, sometimes alone and sometimes with my friends. I think eating barbecue is a good way to have fun. We can chat with friends and communicate with each other. When we are alone, it is also a kind of relaxation.

我在日本两年多的时间里尝试过了很多日本美食,syapusyapu,寿司,拉面...但其中我最喜欢的是烤肉。在中国,我们吃烤肉一般不会使用酱料,但在日本我尝试了日本的酱料,很好吃。基本上我每周都会去一次烤肉店,有时候和我的朋友有时候是一个人。我觉得吃烤肉是一个很好的消遣方式,和朋友可以一起聊天沟通,一个人的时候又是一种放松。

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October 4, 2019

Teresa rides out the storm

As you may have seen in the news, Typhoon Hagibus (Typhoon no. 19) hit Japan on Saturday, October 16th, right in the middle of a 3-day weekend.

This caused many delays, but for the safety of the people, it was necessary to shut down the entire train system in preparation for the huge storm.

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Speaking of preparation for the storm, people went out in hordes to stock up their pantry. Non-perishable items like ramen quickly sold out. Of course, the more expensive items were left behind.

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As the storm started to arrive, so did the grey skies. It was hard to brighten up the scene even if there was a neon pink house right in front of your eyes.

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The aftermath of the storm was disheartening. Some areas were flooded and some areas were safe. Luckily, the worst my neighborhood faced was a slightly sloppier rice paddy.

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Japan is still clearing out the mess the typhoon brought on. Let's hope the sky remains clear and support the clean-up however you can.

October 2, 2019

Scarlett's fun September

September was a great month for me because it was my birthday.

I went to Nagano prefecture and visited Karauizawa. I visited Shiraito falls, stayed at an onsen and ate soba at a restaurant that is on Terrace House.

Birthdays feel a lot different when you get older so I think it is important to make the most out of your birthday and try something new. You could visit a new prefecture, start a new hobby or even just try out different food.

What new things will you experience on your birthday?

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