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Coming of Age Ceremony

Hiroko Yamane from Japan


Wearing kimonos
Photo: Sandy Peters
Most Japanese women do not wear the traditional kimono now, but many women wear it for the Coming-of-Age ceremony.


January 15th is Seijin-no-hi, the Coming-of-Age ceremony, in Japan.

On that day, Japanese people celebrate being 20 years old as reaching adulthood, like 21 years old in America.

When I had this ceremony. I wore a "kimono." A kimono is a traditional Japanese dress. Commonly most Japanese do not wear it now, but many women wear it on this day.

I went to city to that place in their hometown. There are some events there. But recently, many young people don't take part in the event and are chatting or taking pictures with old friends.

In that way, they can understand how they have changed. This celebration is not only a function but also at chance to know how much we have grown.


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