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We’ve seen what can happen when high schools relax the rules for yearbook photos. Today, we bring you the Japanese anything-goes graduation! At the Kanazawa College of Art, graduating students can wear anything they want to the ceremony – and they certainly rise to the challenge.

The students’ epic outfits have become such a popular attraction that TV crews even turn up to find and interview the wearers of this year’s best costumes. The effort these students have put into their outfits is really something!

Many universities in Japan don’t require graduating students to wear gowns or square caps, although students often choose to attend in formal clothing. We never thought we’d see a troop of Mario Kart cosplayers lining up for graduation, though!

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▼ Taiko no tatsujin character, presumably with very cold legs.

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▼ That chap on the right is the cult hit character from the No More Movie Piracy campaign. Let’s hope he’s not filming without permission.

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▼ About-to-expire chicken thighs, apparently…

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Last year’s ceremony looks like it was pretty awesome, too!

Everyone’s favourite cardboard box was in attendance.

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It’s not only art colleges where Japanese students take the opportunity to cosplay for graduation! Check out these photos from last year’s graduation at Kyoto University, Japan’s second-oldest university and one of the highest-ranking schools in Asia.

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We’re glad to see these students celebrating their success. They’ll certainly have some memorable photos to look back on in years to come!

Sources: Acid Cow, Naver Matome (1, 2
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