Thursday, January 17, 2008

Coming of Age Day (成人の日)

Every year, on the second Monday of January, Japan celebrates the Coming of Age day with the Coming of Age Ceremony (成人式). The celebrations are aimed at teenagers turning 20 who, according to Japan's laws, come... of age. 20 is the age for voting, smoking and drinking. Women turning 20 mark this day by wearing kimonos and men generally wear suits but some do also wear dark colored kimonos. Unfortunately for me, since this was a national holiday, I slept in and missed most of the ceremonies. By the time I was out and made it to the closest sizable shrine it was getting dark and people who were celebrating were out drinking. I did catch one group though and snapped this picture froma distance.

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