Heavy snow in Tokyo for the 2013 Coming-of-Age Day

Coming of Age day under the snow in TokyoToday was a national holiday in Japan, to celebrate the Coming-of-Age Day. If you don’t already know what this is, you can check out the blog post I wrote about it last year.

Coming-of-Age Day 2013 - Heavy Snow-4

Just like last year, I was planning on hitting the streets of Tokyo to get some pictures of the usual Coming-of-Age Day kimonos parade, but when I woke up this morning it was just pouring rain outside, and I got instantly much less excited… Another glance through the window a couple of hours later to check if the rain had stopped, and suddenly I realized that one of the biggest snowfalls of the recent years in Tokyo was happening outside. It was one of these times, when you don’t even know It is has begun to snow, but suddenly when you look outside there is already a huge white blanket of snow upon  your familiar streets.

Coming of Age day under the snow in Tokyo

Well, right away I knew it was a stupid idea, and that all I would get from that would be dead shoes, wet clothes, drowned gear, and most likely a cold, but there was just no way trying to resist… I had to go outside and get some pictures of this very special 2013 Coming-of-Age Day. Here are some of them…

Coming of Age day under the snow in Tokyo

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Coming Of Age

Coming of Age Day at Meiji JinguAround 2 weeks ago, Japan celebrated the Seijin no Hi (coming of age day), and i thought this would make a good follow-up to last week’s post on Shichi Go San.

Coming of Age Day at Meiji JinguSeijin no Hi is held on the 2nd Monday of January every year, and celebrates the fact that 20-years-old have reached the age of majority in Japan and are making their first steps in adulthood. After turning 20, Japanese people:

  • have the right to vote
  • become eligible for financial loans
  • can drink alcohol
  • can smoke

On the other hand, the driving license for ordinary cars can be obtained after turning 18 years old.

Coming of Age Day at Meiji JinguThe day is a national holiday, and young Japanese turning 20 during the year will be dressed formally for the occasion and visit the City hall where they are registered. If girls are still wearing traditional furisode (sort of kimonos, with distinguishable falling long sleeves) most of the boys nowadays dress up with Western style suits.

Coming of Age Day at Meiji JinguOptionally, those who desire can also go to the shrine to make a prayer for their passage into adulthood, as i could see at the Meiji Jingu, which was still very crowded with people coming to pray for the new year.

Coming of Age Day at Meiji JinguTalk to you soon…