The ceremonies of the Coming of Age Day (成人の日, Seijin no Hi in Japanese) are held every year on the second Monday of the year, to celebrate the young people who have reached the age of majority over the last year. On this special day, most young women will wear a kimono with long sleeves (called furisode), which indicates that they are not yet married. Some young men will also be wearing traditional clothes on this occasion, but truth be told nowadays most of them are wearing western suits. While heavy snow was covering the streets of Tokyo last year, the weather was excellent this year.
While the main events of are usually held within city halls or hotels with large meeting rooms, many among the young adults will also chose to visit a temple or a shrine after the official ceremonies. Meiji Jingu is always a popular choice, and you will without a doubt find there some “new adults” immortalizing in pictures this special day for them with their parents.
To be perfectly honest, I highly suspect that some of the women wearing kimono at Meiji Jingu are models whose role is to attract tourists and the mass of photographers (or maybe they just came there because they like their picture to be taken or because they represent a kimono rental shop for all I know…), so that regular people joining the ceremonies don’t get overly bothered. It might just be a conspiracy theory of mine, but it would be a good idea indeed, that could be used in other occasions instead of having some security guard running after photographers… Anyway, from my experience anyone wearing traditional clothes on that day will easily let you take his/her picture, as long as you speak the international language of “a nod of the head with a smile”. 😉
Talk to you soon…