Sunday, March 24, 2013

Graduation Day

Congratulations, 6th graders!!

In Japan, the school year beings in April and ends in March of the following year. Elementary schools in Japan includes grades one to six. The schools that I work at all have the same graduation date, so I was only able to attend it at one school. 

I personally think graduations done in Japan are better than those held in the states. It definitely feels like a large family. The lower grades (1-5) give their sempai (upperclassmen) messages, artwork and various other things. The day before graduation, the 5th graders decorate the 6th graders' classrooms (I helped out too!)

The 6th graders that graduated at this school were a great bunch of kids. I wish them all the best in junior high school!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Looking Festive, Fukuoka

Iwataya department store
Another department store
A store display window
Hakata (train/subway) Station 
Tenjin Core (a clothing/accessories store for teens/young adults)

Instagram photos of Fukuoka I took last month. Japan true loves lighting up their cities during the holiday season. Typically, the light are up by mid-December to about the first week of January.