卒業式 (Graduation Day)!

I stole Ron-Sensei‘s title format for this blog entry, but only because I think he’s the best. Thanks Ron!

Japanese graduation ceremonies are a little different than the ones back home. They’re a bit more solemn, a lot of instrumental music box-y versions of pop songs are played as background music, and there’s more bowing involved than there is all year. But a lot of things are essentially the same, too. There’s a bunch of long, boring speeches and people fall asleep. The graduating class reminisces on their time together. People cry (a lot).

Yesterday, my 3-nensei students graduated from junior high school. They’ll be off to all different high schools next month. Leaky faucet that I normally am during occasions such as these, I managed to hold it together all morning. I’m really gonna miss them though! Here’s some so-so photos from the ceremony…

Stage curtain artwork (of my town’s famous tug-of-war festival)

Principal finishes speech… *poof*. There goes the golden ball of confetti!

Time for diplomas! And bowing.

Nice bows, nice bows.

Underclassmen getting ready to create a pathway of flowers for the graduates to exit through and be greeted by friends and family.

Bubbles!

Sotsugyou omedetou to the all the graduates this year! I hope they all made it home safely <3

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