Coming of Age Day

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Coming of Age Day

Coming of Age Day

Coming of Age Day is a national Japanese holiday to congratulate those who have reached the age of majority, or 20 years old. On the second Monday of January, men and women who have turned of age participate in ceremonial activities as they are welcomed into adulthood. Local city offices hold ceremonies for their locals and present them with speeches and presents.

Furisode

Furisode

It is customary for women who turn 20 to dress up, wearing furisode, a kimono-like article of clothing. Unlike a kimono, furisode sleeves are more extravagant and hand down. Women wear their furisode and zori sandals and attend the ceremonies. Many people do not have practice wearing kimonos and furisode so they often go to beauty salons to help them get dresses and set their hair for their special day. Many people also get professional photographs taken to keep memory of this day. Men also dress up in hakamas, similar to a kimono, but do so less often than women and often resort to wearing a suit and tie for the occasion instead.

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