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Sapporo Soka Kindergarten
March 19, 2018

42nd graduation ceremony

Sapporo Soka Kindergarten held its 42nd graduation ceremony at the Prince and Princess Hall on Friday, March 16.

The graduating students entered the hall accompanied by a lively rendition of the song, Ichinensei ni Nattara ("When I Enter First Grade"). The hall was filled with parents that proudly watched the procession of cheerful children dressed in dark blue caps and gowns.

Following a rendition of the kindergarten song, the princes and princesses of the sun, who had grown so much during their one or two years at the kindergarten, each said "Here!" in a loud voice when the classroom teacher called their name, and then the principal handed them their graduation certificate.

After the presentation of the certificates, the principal introduced the guests and showcased the commemorative gifts. The children then listened attentively to a heartfelt message from the founder that was delivered by the principal. For a new phase in their life, the founder gave the children three pieces of advice: "Enjoy studying!" "Let out your voice cheerfully!" and "Move forward with dauntless courage!"

The younger students then delivered a send-off message, and the graduating children recited the pledge. To close out the ceremony, the participants cheerfully sang the kindergarten's graduation song, Zutto Tomodachi ("To be friends forever").

The kindergarten would like to sincerely thank all the parents that took part in the ceremony. The kindergarten also sends its hearty congratulations and appreciation to all the graduating children that embarked on their journey into a future full of hope. The kindergarten also sends such hearty congratulations and appreciation to the parents as well. Thank you very much once again.

Principal delivering a message from the founder

Each child receiving a graduation certificate

All the children singing the graduation song, Zutto Tomodachi

Children holding a graduation certificate in both hands

Students and the teacher in a classroom

Thank you, Mom and Dad!