April 23, 2015

JLPT July 2015

It is that time of year again. The registration for the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) runs from March 30th to April 30th. The test itself will be held on July 5th at various locations throughout Japan. (The test is also held abroad. If you wish to know more, check out the JLPT website.)

One interesting fact is that even those with Japanese nationality can take the test, as long as they are not considered “native speakers” or if they have studied abroad for an extended period of time.


There is just a little over 2 months left before the test. Making a reasonable plan and sticking to it will go a long way towards successfully passing the test.

Good luck!

Brent Regan

International Dept

April 12, 2015

Connor's March Blog Post

Connor here,

March saw the end of another busy school term and opened up the way for hours and hours of football. As usual the holidays saw the football club increase both our training and playing schedules.



The first few days of our holiday was made up of intense training and napping. Then we were off to Hasaki in Ibaraki once again for the Spring version of the Ocean Cup, the tournament in which we came 4th during winter. On this occasion the tournament wasn't as successful, however I enjoyed playing against opposition that are usually too far away to play. Besides, spending 4 days playing football with your friends is always fun.


Thankfully we did get a day or two to rest and recover and I spent one of these days skating around Shibuya, Harajuku and Omotesando on a penny board (A penny board is a small skateboard - PW). Although I did get a few odd looks, it was far more enjoyable than walking.

April 9, 2015

Club Introductions

Today is the third day of the new school year. The first day is for returning students to give a final clean up of their old homerooms, to get awards from the previous year, and to do some other follow up work and then to move to their new homerooms. The second day is the day we hold our Nyugakushiki (入学式), which is the entrance ceremony for new students. The third day is to welcome our new students on a more personal level. There is a short ceremony in the morning in the school yard where students are lined up with their homerooms. Welcoming messages are given and new teachers are introduced as well. Everyone bows and greets the new members of the “Seiritsu Family.”


Then, in the afternoon, we hold what is called the Club Shokai.


All of the clubs have short 3-minute demonstrations arranged so that new students can get an idea of what each club is like. With 40 clubs to visit, that is 2 hours of watching various club presentations. And that doesn’t include the time moving between club areas. So, the introductions take up the whole afternoon.


The students can try any number of clubs during the month of April. It is a very important decision for many as it will have a large impact on their time in high school and, in some cases, can influence their university years as well.

April 6, 2015

Enyuukai Friendship Tournament

On Sunday March 29th, a number of our karate club members participated in a friendship tournament hosted by the Enyuukai. The event was held at the Western Tokyo City Sports Complex (総合体育館). While the girls didn’t manage to medal, and two boys were “disqualified” over a minor variation in kata that is usually allowed, several boys had some pretty good results.

They earned 1st place and 3rd place in the non-black belt kumite division, which included adults as well as high school aged boys.


They also earned 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the high school aged (少年男子) kumite division. First place went to T.H. Sempai who just graduated a few weeks ago and who was the former captain of our karate club.


For the Kata division, one student placed in the top 8. One of the boys who was disqualified should have also placed but these things can happen…


This was the third consecutive year that our school has participated and, especially for our first year students (who are now second years), it was another good chance to gain experience.

We hope to continue having the chance to compete at this event in the future.

Brent Regan
Seiritsu International Department

March 20, 2015

Seiritsu Junior High School Graduation 2015

Congratulations to our Junior High third year students as they graduate from the first three years or Seiritsu life and pass onto the next three as senior high school students!



As with the high school ceremony, Principal Fukuda gave a speech congratulating the students on their achievements so far in life. The graduates were also called up one by one to receive their diplomas personally.


Back at the home rooms, both third year teachers gave their final long home room and awarded prizes and mementos of their time together.

Although graduations can be bittersweet, as with the high school ceremony, the Junior high graduation was more filled with excitement as the students are now eagerly awaiting their entry into high school, with many more classmates to come.


One student who is sadly leaving us however is Seiritsu karate club member Kishi Chihiro, who is changing schools. We wish her the very best, and hope to meet her again soon!


Pete Williams
International Department Coordinator

March 10, 2015

Seiritsu High School Graduation 2015


On March 7, Seiritsu's third year high school students put on their uniforms and entered the school for one last time as, after three years of hard work and effort, we celebrated their graduation.



Although the weather was rainy and dull, all the students were in good spirits, including the lower year representatives present in the ceremony.


Principal Fukuda gave a speech for all the departing students, after they were announced one-by-one by their home room teachers.

Prizes are also often given at graduation ceremonies for students who had the highest grades or attendance of the year, as well as notable sports achievements.



After the ceremony, the students returned to their home room for the final time as a group to receive their diplomas and say a farewell to their school mates. This is often when the tears really start to flow from teachers, parents and students alike, and this year was no exception.



After their last moments in the class rooms, each class exited into the courtyard to be met by their club 'kohai'; junior students who are in the same sports/culture clubs as the now-graduates. The karate club also said goodbye to our three graduates, Shibuya Ryo, Masumoto Masaharu and club captain Tsuchiya Hotaka, as we wish them well on their next step of life.




As for Seiritsu, life goes on, with the Junior High third year group the next set of students to celebrate their graduation from studies in a week's time, and then welcoming in the next group of students to make their mark in Seiritsu history with the school entrance ceremony in April.

Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator

February 25, 2015

Chosen High School karate club works out with Seiritsu!

On Thursday February 19 three students from the nearby Korean school Chousen High School came with their karate coach Pak sensei to get a workout with Seiritsu's karate club!


Usually in Japan, school sports clubs organise friendly matches, called "renshuu jiai", to help their members get valuable experience outside of official events, and to keep good relationships with other schools. Although in this case we didn't actually have a proper bout practice, both Seiritsu and Chosen students certainly benefited from training with new people.

Thanks very much to Chousen High School for coming, and we are looking forward to training together again soon!

Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator / Karate Club Coach

February 16, 2015

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We know many people come and visit our website here and quite a few come back on a regular basis. To make it even easier for you, we suggest you like our page in facebook.


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February 7, 2015

Connor's JanuaryBlog Post

Hi Connor here,

The start of 2015 started in Osaka for me at my Grandmother's and Aunty's house and it was refreshing to be out of the stresses and rigours of the football club's schedule and be able to spend time with family that I haven't seen in a while.


Having been to Osaka many times previously I didn't get up to too many tourist-y things and most of my time was spent eating delicious home cooked food and wandering around the small but busy towns around the area.


The highlight of the trip to Osaka was when I went to see the 3D mapping Illumination show which took place on and around the grounds of Osaka Castle it was amazing seeing something historic being combined with new technology to create something entertaining.


February 5, 2015

An amazing time

Yukiko's time at Seiritsu came to a close on Friday the 23rd. We asked Marina to interview Yukiko and get her feedback. We are including some of that interview here for people to read.

Marina (M): What was your most memorable experience?

Yukiko (Y): I was lucky and had quite a lot of really good experiences, but I’ve got to say the class party my class organised for me at the end was one of the most memorable experiences. Almost everyone in the class turned up to it and we had a really good time at an okonomiyaki restaurant!

M: What was your favourite class?

Y: My favourite class was definitely PE, where I got to involve myself the most with the activities we did. During my stay our class was focusing on basketball which I really enjoyed. It’s one of the few classes where you can really get to know your classmate and make new friends!

M: How did you fit into the class?

Y: I was really lucky to have a class which had many friendly people! Therefore I was able to fit in really well, and by the end of the trip I was extremely close to many of my classmates. I focused on being open to conversation and tried to talk to friends as much as I could.


M: What surprised you the most from this exchange?

Y: I was familiar with the Japanese style school from my experience at an international school; however I was surprised at the length of time the clubs go on for. I attended the tennis club and which started at 4 and went on until 8 each club day. That’s 4 hours per session which I was quite surprised by.

M: How was your home stay?

Y: My home stay was amazing! They were the kindest, most caring people, who made my time here so enjoyable! They took me out for sightseeing for example Mt.Fuji, Kamakura, Yokohama, etc. and made really delicious food each day! I’m really grateful I was able to stay with such a nice family!

M: What advice would you give to others?

Y: The biggest advice I would give would be to make as many friends as you can and involve yourself in all the activities provided! Just be open and talkative and once you find the right group of friends, your stay will be really enjoyable! I had an amazing time here, and I hope you will too!


We would like to thank Yukiko for coming and being such a great student. We hope you come visit us again. Good luck with your regular school!
Seiritsu Gakuen staff and students



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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