japan national holiday

national holiday in Japan

Yesterday, 12 JAN.2015 was national holiday 『Seijinshiki (Coming-of-Age Day)』.

When a person reaches 20 years of age, they are considered to be an adult in Japan.
Drinking alcohol is permitted and you can enjoy a greater degree of freedom.
On one hand, you become a full citizen and are given the right to vote,
but at the same time, you also have new responsibilities as an adult,
such as having to enroll in a pension plan and other duties.
People celebrate the adulthood of those reaching 20 on what is known as seijinnohi,or coming-of-age day.
This celebration used to be held on January 15th,
but it was changed to the second Monday of January.

Each town and city has its own ceremony.
The “new adults” go back to their hometown to attend the ceremony.
It is a good opportunity for them to see old friends.
Many women wear furisode, colorful, long-sleeved kimono, and have their hair dressed in a formal up-style,
furisode kimono
and some men also wear kimono with hakama.
hakama

Some of the “new adults” take the opportunity to start drinking and messing around at the ceremony, displaying immature behavior.

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