November 20, 2019

Tina says goodbye.

It's been almost the end of my time in Japan, and its been an amazing experience! Japan has so much to offer and I wish I could stay longer. In the three months I've been here I can't tell you what my favourite place or experience was. Being here I've faced my fear of heights and allowed myself to live in the moment, not worrying about the future. Though it will soon come to an end, this experience gave me the opportunity to learn about who I am. I'm happy I got to come to Japan, and I have no regrets about my time here.
-Tina

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October 26, 2019

Faith: the long awaited sequel

Hello again! Life here in Japan has remained as hectic as ever. While everyday continues to be a new adventure, I have definitely settled into the Japanese high school life. Traveling via trains has become a daily norm as well as stopping by a conbini to pick up lunch. I've been all over Tokyo with my friends here at Seiritsu which has been one of the best parts of my trip. One of my favorite memories of this past month was Halloween night in Shibuya. Our group of exchange students were able to go through Shibuya crossing on Halloween and it was absolutely insane. The streets were packed with people and you could barely move. It was definitely a tough time getting out and back home but it was honestly one of the best nights of my life. I also got a chance to visit the cafe of one of my favorite artists, Takashi Murakami. All of the food and decor was based on his art. Themed cafes in Japan are some of my favorite places to visit. All the different subcultures are so fun to explore and learn about through such cafes.

It seems the fun might never end. I continue to look forward to remainder of my time here in Japan and can't wait to have many more amazing adventures!

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October 25, 2019

Todd continues to improve his condition

Over the summer holidays we trained really hard every day, despite the heat and humidity. We had a tournament West near Mt. Fuji which was a great experience and everyone played really well.
I am starting to feel a lot fitter and it's really good to be back playing regular football every day. I am now starting to work harder than I ever have and am aiming high for the next few months leading into winter.
My run time has gone down from 14mins 30seconds to an average of 11mins. I still need to cut around 20 seconds off to get in the cut off time of 10mins 40seconds.
I am in the bottom team unfortunately but I am working my hardest to get fitter and better and start moving up the teams and improve.
I had 2 weeks where I went home to Australia as well to see my Mum and family. It was also the period of my 18th birthday which worked out well.

I'm looking forward to the next few months here at Seiritsu with soccer.

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October 23, 2019

Tan's school life

I would like to talk about my school life. I joined the basketbnall team, and I now have many friends on the team. Playing basketball always makes me motivated and I enjoy practicing and playing every day. It is the center of my school life here at Seiritsu. It may be boring to other people, but it was keeps me happy everyday, because I like it so much.

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

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