Why were so many people wearing Kimono today??

It was Coming-of-Age Day –  a celebration for the “new adults”!

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When a person reaches the age of 20, he or she is considered to be an adult in Japan. They are eligible to vote, and drinking alcohol and smoking are permitted from this age.

The second Monday of January is “Coming-of-Age Day”, or “Seijin-no-hi” which honors young people who have reached 20 years of age as new members of society. Each town and city holds a Coming-of-Age ceremony on this day and many new adults attend it.

Lots of women wear colorful and gorgeous long-sleeved kimono called “furisode” and men are dressed in a suit and tie or kimono with “hakama“.

They generally have the reunion with school friends after the ceremony. It’s a good opportunity to catch up with old friends and have fun!!!

日本では、20歳になると「大人」として見なされます。選挙権が与えられ、飲酒や喫煙もできるようになります。

1月の第2月曜日は、20歳になった若者達を新たな社会人として迎え、祝う成人の日です。それぞれの市で成人式が催され、多くの新成人が参加します。

女性は華やかな振り袖に身を包み、男性もスーツや袴姿で正装します。

成人式のあとには同窓会に参加する人も多く、久しぶりに会う旧友と懐かしい話をしたり、有意義な時間を過ごすのが、日本の成人の日です!

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