Welcome to your new favorite college. Admissions requirements are stringent and the acceptance rate is low, but trust me, you’ll wish you had the chance to attend Kanazawa College of Art in Kanazawa, Japan. Located in the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, and one of the few cities to survive World War II undamaged, this arts school has a meager student body of only 184, comprised of seven doctoral students, 32 working on their master’s degree, and 145 enrolled as undergraduates. Because there are so few students, everyone gets to know one another very well. This means that they’re all comfortable with one another when they finally graduate. That’s a good thing since at the graduation ceremony, some are wearing little more than a smile.

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Take a step back for a moment and think about crazy Halloween costumes you might have trotted out during your college days. In America, for men, this usually means something involving genitalia, alcohol, drugs, or rock hard abs. For women, it usually means some sort of slutty outfit, regardless of how unnecessary the cleavage, stockings, short skirts, and bare stomachs are to the overall costume. Yet, even the most elaborate costume parties around the world could learn a thing or two from the individuals receiving their diplomas at Kanazawa College of Art, also known as the Kanazawa Art and Industrial Design University. As part of the ceremony, each graduate can demonstrate their artistic skills by creating their own graduation gown.

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The scale of the costumes has increased over the years, with the whole process having begun in 1993. Now, the graduation ceremony receives national media coverage as photographers and reporters outnumber the graduates at the annual ceremony held in March. Of this batch of costumes, our favorites are the guy dressed up as a bloody piece of meat, but even more so, the guy in the ten-foot-tall cello costume. We also appreciate the Mario Bros. characters as a shout out to the college’s most famous graduate, Shigeru Miyamoto. You know, that guy who works for Nintendo and helped design Mario, from Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Pikmin, and the Wii.

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Pammy Lin

Pammy Lin

I'm a travel writer based in Washington state. I'm on the road over 200 days every year and have visited over 70 countries.