Children show off their calligraphy -- in which they wrote, "Turning dreams into reality" -- on the first day of school this calendar year at the municipal Kugahara Elementary School in Tokyo's Ota Ward on Jan. 8, 2019. Most public elementary and junior high schools in Tokyo held opening ceremonies on the day for the third school term that ends in March after the conclusion of winter vacation. Following the ceremony at the school, children returned to their classrooms and submitted their holiday homework. An 11-year-old boy in sixth grade said, "I'm happy to meet my classmates again."
(Japanese original by Motohiro Negishi, Photo Group)