One of the reasons I wanted to come to Japan was to be there for my brothers when they graduated from Hakuoh University.  This week, they finally graduated after so many years of hard work.  I can say that I’m really proud of them.  Life has been a blast since I met first met them in 2010.
This week in Tochigi was filled with many great events.  A long time ago, a friend and I sat down at a McDonald’s in Hawaii Kai and made the decision that we would someday study abroad in Japan.  It’s been 4 years since then, and we have finally made it to Japan.  To commemorate this achievement, we took a picture together in one of the greatest places in Japan, Tochigi.  We finally made it Levi!
The clubs in Japan are really awesome.  One of the things the international lounge did for their graduating students was their own graduation ceremony.  They borrowed a room, decorated it, and even practiced playing instruments so that they would be able to play the graduating song for their members on the day they held it for them.  I luckily got to participate in their ceremony.   It was awesome.  As the graduating students were asked to come into the room, they were greeted by two pianists, one bass guitar, and a violin playing Canon in D.  They then were rewarded them with certificates and got them to give a speech about themselves.  It was a great ceremony.  It was nice to see a club hold their own graduation ceremony for their members.  They even got a surprise visit from a friend who lives in Taiwan.
The next morning, we went to Hakuoh’s actual graduation ceremony.  Luckily for Levi and I, the Yatabe family let us borrow their suits for the graduation.  I have to say… we looked handsome in those suits!  I got to see a lot of old friends from the past, and best of all my two brothers from Japan.
Later on that night, we had a little graduation party for all the fourth years.  We had a great surprise that evening.  We were greeted by two of my friends from Hawaii, Jaron and Argel!  At first, I was sitting inside the house playing cards, when all of a sudden, I hear all these girls screaming outside.  At first, I thought the cat had run out of the house, but when I went to look, it was two of my good friends who are now currently studying at Josai International University.  It was awesome!
The weekend of the graduation was fun and filled with many great memories that I’m sure we will all never forget.  I’m glad I got to be there for my two brothers when they graduated.  Seeing them move on to the next part of their life encouraged me to look forward to my life after school.  Congratulations on your graduation Taku and Ryouta!
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