Monday, 12 March 2012


It's graduation season.  This week I will travel to Akita for Hiro's niece's primary school graduation; the week after is mine.  Japanese graduations tend to be more sentimental than is my taste. The sentimentality is evident in the three songs below - probably the three most popular graduation songs in Japan, in particular the first two.

Tabidachi no hi - SMAP's version

(same song with romaji can be found at

Graduation Photo, Yumi Matsutoya  This is more a nostalgic look back at a graduation rather than a graduation song.

Translation of lyrics @

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