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Graduation Song

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Graduation Song

March is graduation season in Japan. The Japanese school year starts in April and ends in March. The main event at a graduation ceremony is to receive a graduation certificate. Other activities include school songs, graduation songs, and some speeches. Although there are various graduation songs today, "Hotaru no hikari" and "Aogeba toutoshi" are old favorites. The song that we sang at elementary school graduation ceremony was "Sudachi no uta." "Sudachi" literally means, "leave the nest" but can also mean, "a new start in life." It is quite a beautiful song. I don't hear it often, but when I hear the melody the lyrics come back to me and I am able to sing it. It is interesting that one's brain can remember a song so well after many years.

Japanese Translation

卒業の歌

日本では三月は卒業の季節です。日本の学期は四月に始まり、三月に終わります。卒業式の主な内容は、卒業証書の授与です。校歌や卒業の歌の合唱、在校生送辞、卒業生答辞なども行われます。現在ではいろいろな卒業の歌がありますが、「蛍の光」と「仰げば尊し」は、昔から卒業式でよく歌われる歌です。私が小学校の卒業式で歌ったのは、「巣立ちの歌」でした。巣立ちとは文字通り、鳥が巣から離れることですが、新しく社会に出るという意味もあります。「巣立ちの歌」はとてもきれいな歌です。めったに聞く機会はないものの、メロディーが流れると歌詞を思い出して思わず口ずさんでしまいます。何年たっても、歌というのは体に染み付いているものですね。

Romaji Translation

Nihon dewa sangatsu wa sotsugyou no kisetsu desu. Nihon no gakki wa shigatsu ni hajimari, sangatsu ni owarimasu. Sotsugyoushiki no omona naiyou wa, sotsugyoushousho no juyo desu. Kokuka ya sotsugyou no uta no gasshou, zaikousei souji, sotsugyousei touji nade mo okonawaremasu. Genzai dewa iroirona sotsugyou no uta ga arimasu ga, "Hotaru no Hikari" to "Aogeba Toutoshi" wa, mukashi kara sotsugyoushiki de yoku utawareru uta desu. Watashi ga shougakkou no sotsugyoushiki de utatta nowa, "Sudachi no Uta" deshita. Sudachi towa moji doori, tori ga su kara hanareru koto desu ga, atarashiku shakai ni deru to iu imi mo arimasu. "Sudachi no Uta" wa totemo kireina uta desu. Mettani kiku kikai wa nai monono, merodii ga nagareru to kashi o omoidashite omowazu kuchizusande shimaimasu. Nannen tattemo, uta to iu nowa karada ni shimitsuite iru mono desu ne.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

March is graduation season in Japan.

  • Nihon dewa sangatsu wa sotsugyou no kisetsu desu.
  • にほんでは さんがつは そつぎょうの きせつです。
  • 日本では三月は卒業の季節です。

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