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UPDATE | January 25, 2020

[Japanese culture] once-in-a-lifetime ceremony

Do you know about the coming-of-age ceremony? In Japan, the age of 20 is defined as an adult, and the "adult ceremony" is held in various places in Japan as an event to recognize that a young person reaching the age of 20 has become an adult. There is also a national holiday called "Adults Day". Most people do not know what to do, "Adult ceremony", which is not performed in foreign countries. So, I will introduce the once-in-a-lifetime ceremony.

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● What is the coming-of-age ceremony?

The coming-of-age ceremony is a blessing for adults who will be held on the second Monday of January.

This event is held mainly by Japanese government offices for people who reach the age of 20 from April of the previous year to the end of March of that year. Invite new adults from the area to large venues and get memorabilia or congratulations from the mayor. The representative of the newly grown adult may express a vow for the arrival of the adult, and the contents of the program will vary depending on each government office, and depending on the area, it will be held during summer vacation instead of January There is also.

Although it is not always necessary to participate, many people participate as milestones of adulthood.

● Location

The government office that sends your resident's card will send you a letter of invitation for the coming-of-age ceremony. Basically, you should go to the coming-of-age ceremony venue where the information is written.

A resident's card is a document with an official Street address. Foreigners who are 20 years old will also receive an invitation letter from the government office. Some government offices provide English or friendly Japanese guides for foreigners.

●服装

In the coming-of-age ceremony, women often wear kimonos and men wear suits.

There is no rule on adult-style dress, so it is up to the individual to decide what to wear. Some people participate in traditional costumes of their own country.

However, the coming-of-age ceremony is a blessing for new adults, so make sure you are clean and at least not disturbing.

Most women who participate in the coming-of-age ceremony often wear kimono (called fine clothes), and few wear clothes. Kimonos are generally expensive, so many shops offer kimono rental (renting out) and dressing for adult ceremonies. Many people make a reservation in advance by choosing a favorite kimono from colorful kimonos and belts, so you do not have to panic just before saying `` I did not want to rent a kimono of the color I want to wear '' Need some early preparation.

For men, it is common to wear suits of calm colors such as navy, black, and gray.

● Thoughts on Adult Day

The gorgeous kimono unique to the adult ceremony and the suits that are properly prepared not only give self-confidence to young adults who are newly grown up, but also for parents who grew up carefully for 20 years. It is a delightful good figure, and it will be a break. It is also a good opportunity to express gratitude to parents who grew up until they turned 20.

You may want to consider what kind of adult you want to be, as well as your attitude as an adult to begin.

In Japan, a person aged 20 is considered an "adult" or "adult". *

The definition of adulthood varies from country to country. As an adult you can often do this, but most of the young people are interested in being able to legally drink and smoke when they grow up. In Japan, under the law on the drinking of minors, under the age of 20 people are prohibited from drinking alcohol. In addition, under the "Minors Smoking Prohibition Law", smoking is prohibited for persons under the age of 20 (those who are not 20 years old). At the age of 20, these are finally legally recognized, so attending the coming-of-age ceremony will give you the feeling that you have grown up.


* From April 1, 2022, a law to reduce the age of adult to "18" will be implemented. However, at the moment, there is a high possibility that more municipalities will hold the adult ceremony at the age of 20 as before.


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