(Coming of Age Day) In Japan
Ozawa from Japan
15th is Seijin-no-hi. It was established as a
national holiday in 1948. On this day, those who
have turned 20 are blessed and a coming-of-age
ceremony is held.
On this day, those who have turned 20
are blessed and a coming-of-age ceremony
is held. Most women attend this ceremony
in a colorful, long-sleeved
Japan, on turning 20, one is recognized as an
adult. The age of 20 is an important point when one
is granted full allowed from this age.
women attend this ceremony in a colorful,
did I do on that day when I reached 20? I was in my
second year at my university on my Coming-of-Age
Day. My university is located 3 kilometers from
Osaka which is the second biggest city in Japan and
400 kilometers from my hometown.
ceremony is held by the city, and the city sends
invitations. I took out my resident's card from my
hometown on moving to go to the university and
forgot to report to Osaka City Hall.
invitation reached me, of course.
resident's tax, no
But I was not alone. I had a friend just like me.
We went out to see girls in Kimonos in downtown
Osaka (so crowded!) on my motorcycle which I bought
myself to celebrate my 20th birthday that
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