It's graduation season. This week I will travel to Akita for Hiro's niece's primary school graduation; the week after is mine. Japanese graduations tend to be more sentimental than is my taste. The sentimentality is evident in the three songs below - probably the three most popular graduation songs in Japan, in particular the first two.
Tabidachi no hi - SMAP's version
(same song with romaji can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU-DMEE58aM&feature=related)
Graduation Photo, Yumi Matsutoya This is more a nostalgic look back at a graduation rather than a graduation song.
Translation of lyrics @