‘We Have Entered The World of Adulthood, so We'll Do Our Best!’ Japan Marks Coming of Age Day
Nevin Thompson, 15 Jan 18
       

 Hairstyles of Coming of Age Day. Screencap from Instagram.

Every year, the second Monday in January marks Coming of Age Day (成人の日, seijin no hi) in Japan, when young people in Japan celebrate officially reaching the age of maturity in Japan — 20 years old. There are class reunions, banquets and, often, drunken revelry.

At 20, Japanese people are eligible to vote, to legally consume alcohol, and to drive a car. As an important milestone in one's life, the day is also well documented on social media.

On Monday, January 8, 2018, more than a million people mark their 20th year and their new status as adults. Each municipality across Japan held an official ceremony to mark the day, and newly minted adults attend, usually wearing formal or traditional clothes.

One of the most well-known ceremonies takes place at Kamogawa Seaworld, an aquarium outside of Tokyo. Participants are invited to have their picture taken with Kanjkun, the resident sea lion.

About 1.2 million people will turn 2018, down from 2.46 million people in 1970. In Tokyo's 23 wards, one in eight new adults in 2018 are not Japanese. According to the Japan Times:


10,959 new non-Japanese adults live in central Tokyo, or 13 percent of the 83,764 new adults living in the city.


In one ward of Tokyo, according to the Japan Times, the number of non-Japanese new adults has tripled over the past five years. This increase in non-Japanese new adults is attributed to student and trainee worker programs that have aggressively recruited younger workers from other parts of Asia.

Reunions, revelry and motorized mischief

The tag “Coming of Age” (#成人式) results in thousands of images, such as class reunions and banquets that mark the day.

The hashtag furisode (#振り袖), or long-sleeved kimono, is also a good way to explore images of traditional kimono worn especially for Coming of Age Day.

Men also pay attention to what they wear and how they look, especially hairstyles.

Sign in to view full article

       
Exploring the Complexities of Forgiveness
Friday, Jan. 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day – an annual day that honors the memories of the victims of ...
Yerachmiel Gorelik
Tue, 31 Jan 17
Scientists Can Hack Sensors in Cars and Phones with a $5 Speaker
Critical sensors in lots of cars, phones, and medical devices could be vulnerable to hacks from sound waves.
Nicole Casal Moore
Fri, 17 Mar 17
Sustainable Shopping: For Eco-Friendly Jeans, Stop Washing Them So Often
Denim jeans – whether ripped, straight, flared, vintage or raw – are one of the world’s most-loved garments. But from ...
Alice Payne, Susannah Kate Devitt
Thu, 1 Jun 17
Organ Harvesting in China: Foreigners ‘Are 1 in 5’ Transplant Recipients
Prisoners of conscience are murdered on demand for their organs in China to supply a state-run transplant industry where one ...
James Burke
Mon, 20 Feb 17
Holocaust of the 21st Century
In all other countries, recipients wait for organs. But in China, organs wait for recipients. This is only possible if ...
Richard A. Lyons
Mon, 2 Jan 17
Sports Elements
An Epoch Times Survey
An Epoch Times Survey
Sports Elements
Read about Forced Organ Harvesting
Sports Elements