Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

Kyoto University is one of Japan's most prestigious universities. And it has a delightful graduation tradition: Cosplay.

For years now (save for a brief period when it was banned), students have dressed up in amusing cosplay while they receive their degrees. In Japan, students graduate in the spring, and this month, new grads came out, costumes and all, in full force.

Granted, not everyone dresses up in silly outfits! Many grads wore the traditional dark suits or, if they are female, a kimono.

Let's have a look at some of this year's cosplay.

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

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Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

This student is dressed up as bear character Kumamon. [Photo: xrdsj273]

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

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Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

Most costumes seem okay—save for the ones that might block other students' views. [Photo: withsoysauce]

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

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Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

Those aren't allowed. [Photo: praymay3]

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

The sign congratulates everyone on their graduation. [Photo: QuantumAtsuo]

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

Goodness. [Photo: bateijin]

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

Ditto. [Photo: KYOTO_SENSE 1]

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

[Photo: yokkomine]

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

[Photo: sorayama_asobi]

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

[Photos: K6kippy04 2]

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

[Photo: Magnemite1723]

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

[Photo: yakutsushima]

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

[Photo: bateijin]

Cosplay Makes This The Best Graduation Ceremony in Japan

[Photo: K6kippy04]

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