Coming of age ceremonies (成人式,
Seijin-shiki) are generally held in the morning at local city
offices. All young adults who turned or will turn 20 between April 1 of the
previous year and March 31 of the current one and who maintain residency in the
area are invited to attend. Government officials give speeches, and small
presents are handed out to the newly-recognized adults.
Many women celebrate this day by wearing a furisode (a style of
kimono with long sleeves that drape down) and zōri sandals. Since
most are unable to put on a kimono by themselves due to the intricacies
involved in putting one on, many choose to visit a beauty salon to dress and to
set their hair. A full set of formal clothing is expensive, so it is usually
either borrowed from a relative or rented rather than being bought especially
for the occasion. Men sometimes also wear traditional dress (e.g. dark kimono
with hakama), but nowadays many men wear formal Western clothes such as a
suit and tie more often than the traditional hakama.
After the ceremony, the young adults often celebrate in groups by going to
parties or going out drinking.
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