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Young_ladies_at_HarajukuSeijin-no-hi, the Coming of Age Festival, is a national holiday in Japan. It is celebrated on the second Monday in January (it used to be on January 15th until 1999).

Coming of Age ceremonies have been held for centuries in Japan.  During the Edo period (1603-1868) boys attained adult status at 15 and girls at 13.  In 1876, the Japanese government declared the legal age of adulthood to be 20.  Twenty is the age when youths are allowed to legally vote, drink, and smoke.

Everyone who turned 20 the previous year are honored. Young men wear suits and young ladies wear a traditional furisode, a special type of kimono with longer sleeves and detailed designs.

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 March 11, 2012  Posted by at 4:42 pm Celebrations Tagged with: