Fun Link Friday: Kyoto University Graduation Cosplay

It’s graduation season here in Japan, and here at the University of Tokyo, I’ve been seeing people day after day walking around in graduation robes, beautiful kimono, or slick suits, taking selfies or family photos in front of the iconic Akamon.

At the University of Kyoto (Kyôdai), however, it would seem things go a little differently. Apparently, Kyôdai has a long-standing tradition of not mandating any particular dress code at graduation – and a long-standing tradition on the part of the students of taking that situation to cosplay extremes.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Elite Daily has compiled click here a whole bunch of photos and Tweets from the event.

More photos can be found at RocketNews24, Beautiful Lands, NetGeek, and Kyoto University’s official Facebook page.

About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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