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Graduation time is usually a time I take lots of pictures, because it is the time when the Japanese plums (ume) really start to bloom and other flowers begin to pop up, and also because it’s, well, graduation. This year, however, I was a bit… preoccupied with planning for our Europe trip for Spring Break, and I also accidentally forgot my camera battery on graduation day, so I have a good number of flower pics, and like three iphone graduation pics. Sorry.

So to pad this entry a bit, I’m going to include a few pictures of my Hoikuen (day care) students, as well as a short trip to a plum grove on Mt. Haruna. It’s a bit random, sorry.

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Onishi Hoikuen kids and Mikabo Hoikuen kids

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Dunno what this flower’s called, but I like it!

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Plums, plums, plums, pink plums

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White plums and red plums

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Misato Bairin

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Oh, and I almost forgot about this Kofun/Mound thing… we passed it on the way to and from Misato Bairin. I forgot the name though…

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You could go inside so that was interesting

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Pre-graduation celebration kyuushoku (school lunch)

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Onishi graduation

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Me in hakama and kimono, and a student. My dressing skills aren’t showing through well here; I’d been walking around a lot at this point.

Anyway, that’s it. Yeah, boring, sorry, I’m working up toward the Europe trip photos, but there are a ton and the entries will be really long, so it might take me awhile. Not another 4 months though, promise!