The Coming of Age Ceremony

by joe on August 19, 2011

The Big 2-0 Turning 20 is a big deal in Japan. For the first time you can drink alcohol, smoke, vote and get married without your parent’s say-so. Never missing the chance to hold a formal ceremony Seijin no Hi is the Coming of Age Day, and is a national holiday as well (usually the second Monday in January). In towns across Japan, anyone that turned twenty that year will attend an official ceremony to commemorate their passage into adulthood.

The girls are fully decked out in traditional kimono and the guys choose between the male version or a Western-style suit. It’s also become notorious in recent years for bad behavior by the new adults. Having partaken of the newly legal alcohol they can been seen on the news disrupting their town ceremonies, a sign of the generation gap opening up between the young and their more traditional, reserved elders.

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Bing October 10, 2011 at 1:42 am

it can be sad seeing how the young of today are totally wanting to remove from their system what the elders were upholding. even in simpler or ordinary situations where considerations from the young (giving respect and acknowledgment) are expected, the adults are left frustrated. what is happening today?


adelbert November 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I didn’t know that once you turn 20 and that is the time that you will only be allowed to drink and do any other adult stuffs, Japan is really strict but I think it benefits them, in other country once you turn 12 or 13 then you can be a mother or a father that is why they are so poor, good implementation of rules Japan!

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