July 16, 2014

Visiting Seiritsu

We won't be holding our Japan Experience this year but we are always accepting individuals and groups for short term visits. Whether you are staying for one week or for one year, if you are a junior or senior high student, or if you have just graduated, we can try and find a way to provide you with a bunch of exciting experiences in and around Tokyo.

If you are a school or sports group and you will be stopping in Tokyo, why don't you consider adding in some time here?

Send us a quick email and ask. You could be our next guest!

July 10, 2014

International Students visit the Imperial grounds

On Wednesday July 9th the International Department went on a day excursion to visit the imperial grounds in central Tokyo.


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Although we could not visit the new palace, the public grounds and gardens were accessible, and the students enjoyed learning about the history of the area, from its formation by the shogun Tokugawa in the Edo period, to the changes brought about by the Meiji Restoration era, through to its modern-day appearance.


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The students were also told about the famous "Ako incident": a deadly feud between a lord and court official that turned into a celebrated tale of loyalty and revenge, and was the inspiration behind the recent Keanu Reeves film "47 Ronin". The scene of the confrontation that started it all is commemorated with a stone marker.


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After the grounds, we also walked to the nearby Nippon Budokan, the spiritual hub for Traditional Japanese martial arts, and the controversial Yasukuni shrine, where we saw preparations for the coming summer festivals taking place.


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source: http://www.historvius.com - Photos of the shrine are under tight control.


Although the weather was again disappointing, everyone was in high spirits and enjoyed taking some time from school to learn more about the city.


Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator

July 4, 2014

Good luck on the JLPT!

Getting Ready for the JLPT

Here are a few tips for making sure you are ready to take the JLPT.

Time and Location

Be ready. Get there early. Confirm the location and times. Check train times and transfers. How far is it from the train station?

If you can, visit the location beforehand. You wouldn't want to waste your little spare time before the test wandering around lost (or looking for a bathroom).

Bringing stuff

What do you need to bring? What do they tell you to bring? What do you personally need? I always want a coffee beforehand... Maybe you want another kind of drink or a little snack?

Does the testing location have what you want or need? Should you pack it extra?

Do you have spare items (phone charger, pencil and pencil sharpener, etc)? How about things like… Tissues?! A handkerchief?!

Clothing

You should have versatile clothes. The weather for the next test could be scorching hot or totally wet (it is rainy season after all). What if the air conditioner is on full blast and you are directly under it? Or what if it doesn't reach you? Do you need an umbrella?

Mental prep

Don't stay up all night cramming. Your performance will typically suffer from cramming (a quick internet search will confirm this...).
Get a good rest. Have a good breakfast.


There are many more tips we could include here. We will add to them next time.

Gambare!!

June 30, 2014

Jeremy's family visit web post

Hey Jezza here!


Last week was quite an exciting and enjoyable one for me. I saw my family and Seiritz played the final of the Inter High qualifiers. It was fantastic!


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Last Wednesday, my family arrived in Japan and throughout the week we had many fun outings; going to Shinjuku sports shop, having a nice lunch/dinner as well as watching some training for the Inter High qualifier games.


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Towards the end of the visit on the weekend my sister (Ellie) and dad (Scott) came to watch the two matches, where we won the first and narrowly lost the second. Both games were good to watch and to "see the level that the school is at" as dad explained to me.


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At the end of this great week my sister also trained with the girls soccer program and had a great time.


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Overall the week was great because I saw my family as well as spent some valuable time with them which is quite rare in my case.


Couldn't have gone better!


Jezza

June 27, 2014

Seiritsu Soccer Club Qualify for Inter High!

Seiritsu's boys soccer club has qualified for the national Inter High sports championships for the second time running, beating Kokushikan High School 1-0 in a thrilling Tokyo city semi final, held on June 22.


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The Inter High championships is one of the most prestigious events in Japan's high school sporting calendar, where various sporting disciplines are represented by each prefecture's top high school representatives. It can be thought of as a sort of mini-olympics.


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Although Seiritsu lost to Komazawa Daigaku High School 2-1 in the Tokyo city final the following day, we can look forward to competing with Japan's best next month.


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This year the ten-day-long event will be held in Yamanashi prefecture from August 2nd, where Seiritsu's first opponents will be Yamaguchi prefecture's Takagawa Gakuen.


Ganbaro! Good luck!

June 25, 2014

Seiritsu Karate Club - Good luck, final year students!

On June 15th Seiritsu's karate club entered into the Inter High Tokyo area qualifiers. Everyone tried really hard, and managed to progress more than in previous tournaments, well done!


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However, only the very top finalists are able to carry on and represent Tokyo at Inter High, and Nitsurugaoka, Teikyo, Setagaya and Hosei High Schools between them occupied all the qualifying spots. Congratulations!


This tournament marks the end of the current third year high school students' karate club career, as now they must 'retire' to start the hard work of preparing for university entrance exams. We wish them all the best luck in their endeavors.


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To everyone else, Otsukaresamadeshita! (Good job, you worked hard!) Now you have to prepare for the summer camp!

June 18, 2014

Connor's June Blog Post

Connor here,


After another long and hard week of exams had ended, the next major event on the Seiritsu calendar was the annual sports festival. The event was scheduled for the 11th of June at the Washimiya Ground (this is where the sports programme athletes live and train). In preparation for the day, many classes began practicing very early but being part of the athlete program my class had little time to go over our events due to our Football training. so our preparation for the event was lacking. As June 11th approached there were question marks on whether or not the event would go ahead as the Rainy season had just hit the country and there were days of continuous rain in the lead up to the 11th.


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However, finally the day arrived, albeit under a sky that looked like it could rain any second, and the events were underway. The second years' event was the 'Bo (pole) pulling', which involved two teams lying on their stomachs at each end of the sports field with a number of bamboo Bo laid out in the middle, the teams would then run to the middle and bring back as many bows as possible. My class 2A, eased through the first few games and qualified for the final in a convincing manner with our opponents being the other athlete class 2B. Unfortunately, with some confusion with the starting gun my class was slow out of the blocks and failed to win.

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Apart from the loss in the final, the day was incredibly enjoyable with the athletes all uniting as one and singing songs to boost everyone's spirits in the less-than-nice weather!


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June 17, 2014

Jeremy's June web post

Hey, Jezza here!


Just updating you guys on what I've been up to lately and how this last month or so has gone for me.


First of all everything is fitting into place and is starting to run smoothly for me. Life for me is becoming easier as the days go by yet at the same time challenging. I couldn't be happier!


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This month I also experienced a whole weekend of training in Shizuoka with my team, and was able to see Mount Fuji from my room.It was so interesting and enjoyable, I wish I could go back and do it all over again!


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Jeremy :)

May 20, 2014

Connor's update

Hi guys,


Now I'm back in to the swing of things and, with the start of school, things have been a lot busier! Obviously with this year being my 2nd year at Seiritsu, there is further emphasis placed on my academic studies - which includes increasing my participation in normal classes and tests - so I have had to invest more effort than last year in the classroom and at home to keep on top of my increased workload.


It has also been quite an enjoyable experience to be working with Brent, my new Japanese and history teacher and hopefully we can continue to achieve good results.


In terms of soccer, April and May means the start of all our leagues and tournaments. Currently we have played only a few rounds but our results have been quite good with 4 wins out of 5. My own performances have been quite good so far, netting twice from the number 10 position.


That's it for now!


Connor


May 16, 2014

Best Baseball team in Tokyo!!

We had some terrific news at the end of April. The Seiritsu Baseball Team managed to score a victory at the spring tournament. That put them in first place in all of Tokyo. To put that into perspective, there are a total of 270 teams in the Tokyo area!! And they made it to the top!! Way to go!!!


We did not manage to win the most recent round in May, so we will be trying to make the summer Koshien event. Everything starts on July 5th.


Go Seiritz Go!!


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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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