In Japan, one is considered an adult at the age of 20 and a national holiday - called Coming of Age Day (成年の日, seinen no hi
) - is designated on the second Monday of January to celebrate this milestone event. This is a great opportunity to see a rainbow spectrum of traditionally-dressed men and ladies walking around town.
Eligible residents receive an invitation card by the local government, informing them of the designated celebration venue. The actual event consists of a congratulatory speech and presentation of a commemorative gift to the newly initiated adults .
Ladies wear a furisode
, or a type of kimono with long sleeves that drape down, while men either wear a traditional dark kimono
or a suit and tie.
In Japan, 20 is the legal age for smoking and drinking....
...and the newly initiated adults usually celebrate this day by going out for a drinking party!