Teachers receive warm sendoff on Japanese isle

Children on an island in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, have bidden farewell to teachers moving on to their next job postings.

Teachers who receive new assignments off the island leave Okinoshima Town around this time of year, before the new school year starts in April.

On Monday, students and the teachers' colleagues gathered at a ferry terminal to say their last goodbye to five teachers who taught at the island's elementary, junior high and senior high schools.

The children held up signboards saying "thank you," and a high school brass band put on a performance.

People waved goodbye to the teachers as their ferry pulled away from the quay with long strips of paper streaming from the decks.

A senior high school student who came to send off his English teacher said he felt very sad.