May 26, 2023

Welcome Alex!

Hi, I'm Alex! I'm an exchange student at Seiritsu. I've been in Japan for a little over a month now.

I originally came to Japan because I wanted to improve my Japanese, and gain perspective by studying at a high school on the other side of the world. Everyone here, both the students and teachers, is so nice. I've made lots of friends so far, both inside and outside my class. Even though it is a bit tiring, I always have fun at school! Currently, I'm looking forward to the sports festival in June!

The picture is of me and my little homestay sister on a day out in kimono.

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May 2, 2023

Hello from new student Zach!

Hey I'm Zach! I am 18 years old and currently live in Japan as a student for Seiritsu Gakuen! I've been here about 3 weeks and it's been a blast!!

My hobbies are listening to music, playing a few different kinds of sports like soccer, volleyball, basketball, I also like reading, and writing poetry as well!! In the states I live in a small town with a population of around 10,000. Luckily it is in an area of big cities so I get a mix of nature and city which I love.

Coming from a small town needless to say I was nervous about Tokyo. I came to Japan because I had an interest in becoming more fluent in casually speaking the language!!

While I was in the states I also heard a bunch of stories from friends talking about how beautiful it was, and how incredibly diverse and significant Tokyo is!! I came to Tokyo with expectations of a heartless concrete jungle. I was wrong! Staying here for only 3 weeks has shown be how incredible of a city it truly is!!

I am really looking forward to my time at Seiritsu and I will talk more about this great school in my next blog.

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April 25, 2023

Jessica checks out the National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden held a special event at night where you can go see the cherry blossoms under a unique new light. The garden had a completely different vibe to it compared to the daytime. It was mesmerising to see the light show on the cherry blossom trees.

During the event, we were all given a lantern which had a cherry blossom shaped light in it. Since there were many visitors, the lanterns added to the ambiance of the place. It was almost like a fairytale.

My favourite part of the day was the dandelion project where your name can be projected onto the floor. It felt more personal and like an experience unique to me.

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April 20, 2023

Welcome Jamie Scott!

Hello everyone, my name is Jamie. I am from a small town in the North Island of New Zealand, but I attended university in Australia. I have lived in Tokyo for many years. My favorite place in Japan is Okinawa, and I have been there many times. My hobbies are weight training and watching rugby. Please don't be shy come up and speak to be in English if you see me.

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April 15, 2023

Spring has sprung!

While cherry blossom season is now over, at the start of April there were still some varieties blooming at Ukima park. These blossoming trees cast their shadows over flower beds full of multi-coloured tulips which wild bees were darting in and out of. With a picturesque windmill standing by the lakeside, the park had a distinctly Dutch feel to it as though we were in Holland instead of Japan! When I visited, the sun was shining and there was a soft breeze; all in all it was perfect spring weather with people of all ages enjoying picnics on the grass while ducks swam past, eyeing the food hopefully.

The frantic atmosphere of Tokyo can easily sweep you up and keep you busy hopping from one place to the next so the peace of Ukima park, with blooms and sunshine in abundance, was the perfect break. It's awesome that such places exist in Tokyo. Please take the time to relax and enjoy your local park every once in a while!

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March 23, 2023

JETs go skiing

Jessica and I have recently had the opportunity to go skiing for the first time for me, and only the second for Jessica.

We hopped on a bus from Shinjuku and headed up to north Gunma where the weather was both much colder and much snowier than Tokyo. With wind howling round the bus, we watched as the countryside became more and more enveloped in snow as we got closer to the ski slopes.

Once there we picked out some overly colorful ski fits and headed out into the snow to figure out how this ski thing works.

Taught by a very patient friend, we gradually learned how to move forward and progressed to going down the nursery slope with our skis firmly in the 'pizza' or '八' position. While pizza is self-explanatory, I love the how the Chinese character for the Japanese number 8 resembles the shape you make with your skis.

By lunch we were freezing but emboldened by our progress. After a quick snack of some onigiri and a hot coffee, we headed back out to the nursery slop, determined to successfully go forward in a straight line without falling over or going into a snow bank.

The time flew by and I felt we both made so much progress! We returned our gear and got on the bus back to Tokyo, falling sleep immediately after the day's activities and only waking up for a midway snack run.

I really enjoyed my first time skiing and I can't wait to go again this winter ! If you're in Japan over winter, it's a great activity to try out!



March 22, 2023

Art Project

We had a special art project presentation today by our second graders in the Tankyu class.

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There was so much creativity and so many wonderful ideas.

It was impressive.

March 21, 2023

Shunbun no Hi means..

Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日, Shunbun no Hi) is a public holiday in Japan usually March 20 or 21. The date of the holiday is not officially declared until February of the previous year, due to the need for recent astronomical measurements. It marks the day in spring where the sun is directly above the equator.

Vernal Equinox Day became a public holiday in 1948. Prior to that it was the date of Shunki kōreisai (春季皇霊祭), an event relating to Shinto. Like many Japanese holidays, is now a non-religious holiday to give hard-working, and had studying Japanese people a well deserved day off. Enjoy it!
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March 17, 2023

Spontaneous Picnic

March has been getting a lot warmer and so Olivia sensei and I decided to go on a spontaneous picnic. We saw beautiful cherry blossoms and enjoyed the lovely weather. We also ate many different types of food. The highlight of the picnic is definitely the dumplings that we bought fresh off the grill. Afterwards, we listened to some tunes and chilled. What a perfect way to welcome Spring.

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March 13, 2023

Tomorrow is White Day!

Japan has it's own version of holidays imported from other countries. In Japan the traditions of Valentine's Day are separated into two days. On the February 14th, Valentine's Day, only women give chocolate or some other sweet (but usually chocolate) to men; it is usually also given to coworkers and acquaintances, not just loved ones. Then on March 14th, men are expected return the favor and give sweets to the women they received their own from.
So men of Japan and the world, don't forget White Day!

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about Seiritsu

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

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