Coming of Age Day (Japan)



Steeped in tradition this holiday began in the year 714 A.D. when a young prince would reach the ripe old age of 20. He would don ceremonial robes and a Shinto priest would perform a ceremony to celebrate his coming of age. This holiday was re-established in 1948 and held every 2nd Monday in January where millions of 20 year olds who came to age during the year.

Both males and females would dress in colorful Kimonos to participate in this ceremony, which ushered them into adulthood. Can you imagine the beautiful pageantry of this special day, which established these youth’s right to smoke, drink and vote as legal adults?



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