September 5, 2018

William's summer in Shanghai

This summer, I went back to my home town of Shanghai, in China, I met my family and old friends, and also had study at an academy to prepare for my SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) for entering university.

The study was a real struggle for me. Firstly, I had to stay in my academy for 7 hours per day, from morning to night. It usually made me forget that I was actually on my vacation time. After studying with no break for 18 days, I felt very exhausted.


However, the course helped me a lot to prepare for the SAT. It not only taught me the basics, such as vocabulary and grammar, but also how to read English paragraphs even when I am facing unknown words.

I also met a lot of friends, so I am really happy.

September 4, 2018

Todd's summer in Australia

I am happy to be back here in Japan, doing what I love to do (soccer).
Over the summer I spent my time in Melbourne, Australia recovering from injury, seeing old friends and spending time with my family.


I am looking forward to being able to play soccer again with all the guys at Seiritsu.
I am not the biggest fan of the hot weather but it will no doubt help me condition myself and improve my soccer game.


While I was in Australia, I met up with a lot of my old school friends around Melbourne. Some of my family also came over from Adelaide and saw be before I returned to Japan.
After my injury I completely changed my running style which took which felt like forever but it has helped me so much with my recovery and starting to get fit again. Now that I am back I am looking forward to meeting new people and making some friends around the school.
I will try my best to talk to everyone in Japanese but I can’t make any promises that it will be good Japanese.

September 1, 2018

Introduction from our new student, Sophia

Hello. I am Sophia from Virginia Beach.


I came to Tokyo last month and recently started attending school. The weather is really hot and humid compared to Virginia which surprised me a lot. During my stay in Japan, I have have tried many dishes that are not common back in America.


Recently, I went to a river near my friends house. The cool water was nice because the weather was hot. I would like to go to other rivers and try new foods while my stay in Japan.


August 28, 2018

Study Abroad for one year

Today, one of our students is leaving for Canada to begin one year of studying abroad.

She will be staying in Kelowna, British Columbia - which is a beautiful area. I am sure she will have a wonderful time there and learn many things.


We all wish her the best of luck. And we look forward to getting her monthly reports some of which we will try to share here on this blog as well.


Seiritsu is trying had to increase the number of students who go abroad to study. Young students can learn and grow so much from these opportunities.

If your son or daughter is a regular Japanese student and would like the chance to go abroad, it might be possible. There are many programs and some of them include grants or scholarships or loans to make this process more feasible. We will gladly help any of our students with this process.

August 27, 2018

Say hello to Scarlett!

Hey everybody,
I am Scarlett Halford. I am the new Assistant Language Teacher at Seiritsu Gakuen.

I come from England. Yorkshire, the county that I live in is famous for its beautiful countryside and also the tea brand ‘Yorkshire Tea’. My love of hiking comes from exploring the Yorkshire Dales, the hilly region I come from. At The University of Leeds I studied Sociology and Social Policy. I chose this subject as I enjoy learning about other cultures and thinking critically about aspects of our society.

This is my first time in Japan, however I have lived overseas before. In 2016 I lived with a family in India for three months, during this time I volunteered in the village by assisting in teaching English, holding regular women/youth groups and also by organizing fun community events.

I am really excited to start a new life in Japan, learn the language and participate in traditional and cultural events across the country. In the past three weeks I have already explored many exciting areas of Tokyo. I went to TeamLAB digital art museum, I attended the Pikachu Parade in Yokohama and also visited the beach and the Great Buddha in Kamakura.

I look forward to speaking English with you. If you have any suggestions on places I should visit or food that I should try please let me know!




August 8, 2018

JET orientation

Today was the orientation for new JETs and their new school supervisors. Our very own, Teresa Sensei, was one of the presenters at the orientation.


She did a fantastic job and had everyone laughing throughout her segment.


Way to go, Teresa!!

July 21, 2018

Rebecca's Term 2 blog

We have the new international room!!! It is called the SGC (Seiritsu Global Center)! There are a lot of books to read and there also have a self-study space for you to study. The teachers are working in the teachers’ area in the room, if you have any questions about English and studying abroad,you can ask them at once. We all like this room very much. The English Club will also held in this room from September. By the way, I was elected to be the president of English Club! I will try my best !

The most exciting school activity is the School Trip! I went to Hokkaido for my school trip. We went there for a week and visited Hakodate, Otaru, Sapporo and Furano. We enjoyed the food such as seafood don, milk ice cream and ramen.

We also enjoyed the activities and the beautiful scenery there. I tried many new things that I have never experienced before. My favorite was rafting and the baseball game.

We experienced rafting in a river called Sorachi River. Rafting is a sport that goes down rows of torrents by combining power with friends on a large rubber boat. Before we rowed into the river, the teacher taught us how to row the boat. I was scared at first but it became so interesting! We enjoyed it very much! Every time we went through a challenge point, we raised our paddles altogether and cheered. We had so much fun!

The other great activity was watching the baseball game. It was the first time for me to watch a baseball game and also the first time for me to be in a dome. I was so happy and excited. At first I was worried because I only know little about the rules, but there was no need for worry. All we needed was to watch the screen and say the words to support the team and the players in a loud voice with the people around us. We clapped our hands and shouted with the fans. There were also bands playing music. Our team hit two home runs and all the people went crazy! It was such a precious experience and I had so much fun!!!!!


July 13, 2018

Gaossou's trip to Nikko

Last week, I've visited the one of Japan's most popular tourist sites. It's the temple and shrine known as Toshogu in Nikko, a small city north of Tokyo. It took two hours to go there by train.I felt a sort of spirituallity at Toshogu and the area around it. I learned a lot. I saw the three monkeys doing the "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil* post. and I learned more about them (🙈🙉🙊) and I gained a deeper understand as well.


July 12, 2018

Doing some Aikido

Once again, thanks to the GoGo Nihon group, we were lucky to have a group of students from all over the world visit our school this afternoon. Nine students from seven different countries (Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Estonia, Mexico and the USA) came and visited us and took part in an Aikido class.


The foreign students seemed to enjoy the lesson and so did our students in the aikido club. Getting our Japanese students to come out of their shells and interact with our foreign guests is a major goal of our department.

In fact, when a few shy girls hesitated to explain a technique to our guests (because they could not say it in English) our new coordinator, JC, pointed out to them that the oldest person in the room (one of the Aikido masters) was speaking no English but communicating with everybody very well, they took a step out and tried.

It is always nice to drive home the fact that words and grammar are only a small part of communication.


We look forward to having another group from GoGo Nihon again.

July 12, 2018

William's Nikko Excursion

In this excursion, we went to a city with gorgeous historical sites - Nikko.

The railway from Tokyo to Nikko was pretty far. It took almost two and a half hours to get there.
When we arrived at Nikko, most of us were very hungry. I bought a manju with my friend, it’s a sweet bun with delicious bean filling inside. This helped us to charge our energy.

We went to a great Japanese temple, that is also a shrine, which is called Toshogu. It is a place to commemorate Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa and Shogun Toyotomi. I learned a lot of Japanese history knowledge from my teachers and from this place. Also I got a fortune for myself. It’s kind of like a lottery where you learn about your future luck. My fortune said I would have a little luck, which I think is okay for me.




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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