My Graduation Day

20th of September was my graduation day. My parents were here.


We were walking to the ceremony with Professor Ando.

Behind us is the iconic Theater Museum in Waseda University.

With mom and dad in front of the Waseda theater museum


Parents with Prof. Ando.

Mom and dad with Prof. Ando


That's the statue of Okuma, founder of Waseda University.

Mom, dad and I, in front of Okuma statue


And the iconic Okuma hall.

Me and parents in front of Okuma Hall


And so, in the brief ceremony, I finally received my Masters degree.


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My Masters Degree


NOW I can get a job as a film lecturer, yay!

There were four of us graduating students from Prof. Ando's lab, my China friends Zifeng, Yang Yang and Koreihou (her name's actually Hu Lifang, but going by the Japanese pronunciation for her name, it's Koreihou, which is catchier). You may have seen them a couple of times in this blog.

This semester's graduates of Ando Laboratory

Me, parents and Prof. Ando


With Prof. Sakai, who is great buddies with Prof. Ando.

Me with Prof. Sakai and Prof. Ando


Group photo of graduation students from both Prof. Sakai and Prof. Ando's labs, along with students' parents.

Group photo


After that there was a reception, and Prof Ando raised a toast to us graduating students.


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Post ceremony reception


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Later in the evening, when my parents left, I headed off to an izakaya at Takadanobaba for a dinner party organized for us by the rest of the Ando Lab folks.


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Another toast to our graduation... in which you will hear me sounding exceptionally monotonous.


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Nishina had prepared some gifts for us too. He was wearing that goldfish hat in honour of my film, KINGYO.


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And here's my special T-shirt.

Me with my special graduation T-shirt


The others were supposed to write messages on the shirt for us.

Someone writing messages on Koreihou's shirt

Yuiko writes message on my T-shirt


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We had a gift for Prof Ando too, a wooden frame of calligraphy written by all four of us. Koreihou explains it here.


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Prof. Ando's gift



The graduating students, Yang Yang, Zifeng and Koreihou gave speeches about how happy they were in the past two years, the invaluable lessons learnt, and how they will cherish these memories when they return to China.

Both Prof. Ando and Motomura-sensei (asst prof) also gave speeches about the graduates as well.


... but since I'm still staying around in the lab, and the university. My speech was more like "well... it's been a fun 2 years, I'm still around, so I see you guys... tomorrow."

While Prof. Ando and Motomura-sensei were like "since Edmund's still around, we'll just talk about the other three first."

Yeah.

But nonetheless, it was a wonderful evening.

Group photo. Ando Laboratory. 20 Sept 2010