Since the Japanese school year starts in April, graduation ceremonies usually happen around mid-March. There are tearful speeches, young adults dressing up in traditional graduation outfits, and of course only the most heartfelt thanks and gratitude given to teachers, parents, and everyone else in the community.
But not in Okayama City. For the past few years there’s been an unofficial tradition of the recent middle school graduates gathering outside Okayama Station and wearing long jackets. And not just that, but they’re wearing them in different colors. The horror was so much that police officers were immediately dispatched to keep an eye on all the horrible delinquents.
On March 17, large groups of recent Okayama middle school graduates and some alumni gathered outside Okayama Station to celebrate. Since they were wearing the aforementioned long jackets and some of them even dared to color their hair, local residents called the police to keep an eye on the potentially unruly.
Though it may seem incredibly silly to have several police officers keeping watch on a group of middle school graduates, to be fair, the fears were not completely undeserved. A few days earlier a similar group of recent graduates gathered outside Hakata Station in Fukuoka Prefecture, and one girl was arrested after starting a fight.
Personally, to me it just looks like a bunch of kids having harmless fun on graduation. I think everyone should be thankful the teens didn’t partake in certain American graduation traditions, such as getting extremely drunk and driving around in their parents’ cars.
Source: Breaking News Japan
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