Anthony Graduates from Elementary School
Heading To Graduation a young man and his mother -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl,
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 175mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading To Graduation
a young man and his mother

Anthony graduated from elementary school today, a big event in Japanese culture. I snapped the photo as we were heading to the school for the last time.

It reminds me of this photo of the two of them from the day he started elementary school half his life (six years) ago, and also the post about his going to school on his own for the first time. He's growing up all too quickly.

All 6 comments so far, oldest first...

Fumie is going to have to let her hair grow really, really LONG so she can pile it even higher on her head so she can appear taller than her son. What a fabulous picture. The Kimono is just beautiful
and Fumie is gorgeous.
Can’t wait to see you all soon.

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on March 8th, 2015 at 12:05am JST (9 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Oh my, he is growing so fast! Already graduated from Elementary School and he was so small 🙂 Your wife looks amazing in this kimono 🙂 Do you have other photos from Graduation? Would like to see more 🙂

— comment by Besia on March 9th, 2015 at 12:51am JST (9 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I have been reading your blog and following your photos since Anthony was a tot. At the risk of every cliche in the book, it is amazing to see him leaving elementary school and to see how short Fumie has gotten over the years.

I cannot remember how I found your blog but I’ve been addicted to it for years. You don’t know me a bit. I’m a 65 year old retired woman with no kids or family enjoying life on my own in downtown Seattle.

I do so appreciate your sharing your life and your family and your gorgeous photography. Hope your travels this month are excellent ones.

Susan Dennis

— comment by susan dennis on March 10th, 2015 at 9:20am JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink


— comment by Zak on March 10th, 2015 at 5:23pm JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Wow, it’s been great to see Anthony grow up into a young man. I’ve also been following your photoblog for a while, it’s great to see his progression and to hear your insight into life in Japan. It also helps that I enjoy your photography too.

I wish your son much success in the next stage of his life!

Alvin from NYC.

— comment by Alvin on March 14th, 2015 at 6:08am JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I live in South Africa and became a silent follower of your blog some years ago after using your exif viewer. I feel as if I know you and your family and it is a delight to see what a wonderful relationship you have with Anthony.

Don’t worry about him growing up too fast – it’s obvious that he has a stable and loving family and that you will have a great deal to share in the future.

Thank you for sharing so freely.


— comment by Peter Oosthuizen on March 18th, 2015 at 1:29am JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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