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Coming of Age Day, which is called as seijin-no-hi(成人の日) in Japanese, is a national holiday in Japan. Every year, Japanese people who have just turned into 20 years old or will soon celebrate this special day in a life on second Monday of January. Many countries have their own way to celebrate Coming of Age Day; for example, in some countries people give perfume and flower to a person who became certain age. It is also possible that nobody celebrates this day in some nations.
However, one thing you may enjoy about Japanese Coming of Age Day is its ceremony. On Coming of Age Day, you will be able to see people who dress formally in a suit or kimono. Most women wear splendid-design kimono and get their hair set. Men usually wear formal suit. In the past, the main event of ceremony was listening to the speech of government related person. This tendency has changed nowadays and the ceremony is more likely to be entertaining participants like inviting singers to perform a small concert. Naturally atmosphere also has changed from being formal and serious to being casual and friendly.
furisode : dress
I simply described this as kimono above; however, the correct name of this fancy traditional clothes is furisode. Most women participants wear furisode at Coming of Age Ceremony. Though it depends on the quality and brand of clothes, it usually costs a lot. Price for sale goes up unlimited and even renting it costs more than 300 US dollars. There are wide range of colors and patterns so that participants can choose whatever they want if their budget allows to do so.
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Coming of Age Day is a public holiday and ceremonies are held in public places such as city halls and ward offices. However, it is impossible to host every single person in one place so larger cities have several places for ceremony. One of the biggest ones can be the one in Shinjuku and Shibuya. Participants and their families gather in the morning and attend the ceremony which is consist of speeches and some performances. It is also good time of a life to take a picture.
Since Coming of Age Day is a day when teenagers move into adulthood, you can see some scenes like dressed people smoking cigarettes on the street. You will also see female participants get their nails and hair done and it is usually extremely fancy. Participants also enjoy after parties, which are usually held in izakaya and have some alcohols. This legal day when they can do everything as an adult, participants try to everything. For sure, it doesn’t mean that all participants gather together to drink and smoke. It really varies upon their personal preferences. Some people just celebrate silently with their family.
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