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Dressing up for Japan’s Coming of Age Day (成人の日)

To see more photos and videos of Coming of Age Day celebrations in Japan, browse the #成人の日, #成人式 and #ComingOfAgeDay hashtags.

On the second Monday of January, Japan’s Coming of Age Day (成人の日) takes place. The holiday congratulates and emboldens young men and women who turned the legal adult age of 20 during the previous year. On this day, the 20-year-old men and women will often have their portraits taken by professional photographers, attend ceremonies hosted by city or prefectural halls and gather for middle school and high school reunions.

The day is full of celebration events, many of which are attended in formal dress. This consists of fashionable suits or traditional Japanese menswear called hakama (袴) for men and gorgeously designed kimonos with long sleeves called furisode (振り袖) for women. The event is of particular importance for women and often requires going to beauty salons early in the morning to have hair and makeup styled as well as picking out the perfect furisode well in advance. Lately, girls will also have their manicures match the designs of their kimonos.


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Japan’s Coming of Age Day (成人の日)

Want to see more colorful photos from Coming of Age Day? Search the hashtags #成人の日 and #ComingOfAgeDay.

On the second Monday of every January, Japan observes Coming of Age Day, a holiday meant to commemorate and celebrate young Japanese men and women who turned 20—legal adult age—during the previous year.

While Coming of Age Day was made an official holiday in 1948, similar ceremonies have been held throughout Japan since the early 8th century. Japanese men and women celebrating the occasion often don traditional clothing and attend events at local government offices in the morning before hosting parties and celebrating with friends and family later in the day.