In late March earlier this year while visiting Yasukuni Shrine I saw these students having their graduation photo taken in front of the main gates to the shrine. I think it is the martial arts club of Nihon Daigaku (日本大学), a huge Japanese university. It was really fun to take a few minutes and watch them trying to settle down for the photo, the photographer had a hard time to get them all primed and ready, it must have taken them over 20 minutes until they got ready for the first photo! In the meantime, the captain, I believe, with the shaved head and the special uniform in the center of the group made his best to entertain us watching as well as keep his club on their toes! I also felt sorry for the five junior members of the club who struggled to get the flag perfect for the photo, they were really doing their best and I think they were seconds from collapsing from exhaustion when the photographer called his final shot! I do not know the tradition why some male university students chose to wear their club uniforms or high school uniforms for their university education, but it is quite common. Personally, I love it!
I don’t often see advertising I like here in Japan but sometimes something really vivid and fun just jumps at you. On my way home late at night the other day I saw these on the Yamanote line train. Tohato’s Beano. Not only do I have a weak spot for ads featuring school uniforms (these are called gakuran and worn only by boys or some very very cool girls (as you’ll see in these pictures). Enjoy, and if you have a chance, you can pick these snacks up in any Japanese convenience store, crunchy peas!