Entrance ceremonies

Last week, many elementary schools in Japan hold entrance ceremonies.
In Japan, new grade starts from April, and 6 year-old children start elementary school. They meet teachers and new friends, and receive textbooks that they will use for a year.
Just at this time cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan. Cherry blossoms add colors to Japan's scenery only for a week in this season. Many Japanese associate the image of cherry blossoms with milestones in life such as entrance into schools or starting careers.