The Yomiuri Shimbun

Ready for school!

New first-graders in kimono energetically raise their hands as they practice responding to teachers at Ofunato Municipal Ryori Primary School in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, on Thursday. For more than 40 years, the school’s incoming students have worn kimono at the annual April 1 entrance ceremony that dates from before World War II. This year, 12 boys and seven girls were enrolled as first-graders at the school.