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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.

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

Please let me know if you have any comments!

japan custom

National holiday New year’s day

New Year’s Day is the special holiday for Japanese.
New Year is called “Oshogatsu”.
Family and relatives get together and eat traditional dishes.
Traditional dishes is called “Osechi”
This is Osechi box.
osechi box
Japanese traditional dishes
Most Japanese go to a shrine to pray for luck during the new year.
so busy!

From 1st to 3rd of January, most companies and schools is off.
But department stores and other shops are usually open and crowd with customers
because of the first sales of the year!
If you stay in New year’s day in Japan, please try to go shrine and department store.
This is real Japanese culture!

Please let me know if you have any comments!