March is graduation time (in Japan). As soon as I graduated from junior high school, I began my apprenticeship (to become a maiko). At the graduation ceremony, I knew that soon I would no longer be able to see my friends, and I felt so lonely that I couldn`t stop the tears. Even so, everyone said "Do your best! We're all cheering for you!" and encouraged me. Then I was so happy that I cried all over again.
It's already been three years since that time. Every year this time comes, and I remember that day... And at the same time, I wonder, has it really been that long?
Now that I`ve entered my fourth year, I am among the higher ranking maiko, so I want to do my best.