成人式 Seijin Shiki

 

The second Monday in January is Seijin Shiki, or Coming of Age Day in Japan. Men and women turning 20 years old during that year are celebrated as adults and given the rights of adulthood including voting and use of alcohol and tobacco. The young women especially love to dress up in fancy kimono called furisode on this day, and gather with their friends to take photos and hang out. Young men are preferring to dress in suits rather than kimono in recent years. Unfortunately, Seijin Shiki events continue to shrink dramatically each year as the population of Japan declines.

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