Coming of Age Day in Japan Date in the current year: January 11, 2016

Coming of Age Day in Japan The second Monday of January is Coming of Age Day in Japan. This holiday is held to let young people realize that they have become adults.

Coming of Age Day (Seijin no Hi) is very popular in Japan. Young people who have turned or will turn 20 between April 2 of the previous year and April 1 of the current one are invited to attend different ceremonies that are held at local and prefectural offices. After an official ceremony young people often celebrate Seijin no Hi with their friends and family.

Women celebrate Coming of Age Day by wearing a special style of kimono, called furisode, with zori sandals. It's impossible to take on kimono on one's own, that is why women visit beauty salon do dress and make hair. As far as the set of ceremonial clothes is very expensive, it is usually borrowed from a relative or rented.

Men also have their traditional holiday clothes. Sometimes they wear traditional dark kimono, but mostly they prefer Western style, that is why dress themselves in suit and tie.

Adult Japanese are allowed to vote, smoke and drink alcohol. But they also have to pay taxes and bear responsibility for their deeds.

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