Monday, January 14, 2013

Coming-of-Age Day "Seijinshiki, 成人式"

(posted; Japanese culture page)
Hello, friends, I'd like to introduce Japanese  "Seijinshiki, 成人式" this year again.
In Japan, turning 20 sees the official transition into adulthood, with not only a few doors opening as to what you can now do legally (drink alcohol, smoke tobacco), but also the age for a new set of responsibilities as law regulated.
Coming of Age Day is fairy new celebration day.  It was established in 1948. In the period between 1948 and 2000, it was celebrated on the 15th of January. In 2000 Japanese government introduced so called Happy Monday System or “Happī Mandē Seido. 楽しい月曜日制度”.   Haha, funny mixture of Japanese and English.
According to this system the government moved several national holidays to monday that way creating three days weekends. Coming of Age Day was one of such holidays. As of 2000 the holiday was celebrated on the second Monday in January. So, this year  14th is the coming of aged day.
Young 20-year old people gather city-hall to attend the ceremony♡♡♡

This is me 37 years ago p;)

You can see how simple my kimono and hair style was at that time. 
Recent more modern one, you can see from this page.


  1. Hello Miyako, what a great reason to celebrate. I love the pretty kimonos. The legal age here is 21 but there is no official celebration day just ones birthday. I think the Japanese tradition is more fun. Lovely photos, wishing your a happy day and week ahead.

  2. Those kimonos are so pretty, here in Aus the legal age is 18 we also don't have any official celebrations but many chose to have a big party to celebrate. I didn't though it wasn't that big a deal for me and none of my girls thought it was a big deal either.

  3. Hello Miyako,
    Your kimono was very pretty.
    When I was young, a long time ago, coming of age was 21. We went out together for a family dinner on the weekend nearest my birthday. A lot of people celebrated with big parties, it was an individual choice really. These days they come of age at 18 but most still like to have 21st celebrations. So it is almost double dipping.
    Have a lovely week.

  4. I love your kimono and hair style, my dear friend Miyako! They do not look simple at all. All the ones you have pictured here are gorgeous. I love the celebration aspect of it. We don't really have that here. Life should be more celebratory, I think, so I would love living in Japan.

  5. what a beautiful celebration. you were so cute (and still are).

    i like the fact that 20 is considered adult there. the hispanic community celebrates 15, americans seem to celebrate 'sweet 16'. yet, drinking is legal at 21. we rush growing up...

  6. What a great celebration! Those kimonos are gorgeous.

  7. Beautiful! I love the kimonos. I think the tradition is very special. My parents always made our 21st birthdays special, and I did the same for my sons. (21 is the age in the US for legal adult)

  8. Hi dear Miyako. I love the photo of you when you were 20 years of age. Such a beautiful Kimono (It doesn't look simple to me!). This is a lovely tradition. Over here, the coming of age is 21, but we don't have any official celebrations. People usually have a personal party with family or friends (and a bigger present that year, because they are 21!).Sending hugs to my friend in the East. x

  9. Zawsze podziwiałam te piękne stroje. Pozdrawiam.
    I've always admired these beautiful outfits. Yours.

  10. Miyako look so beautiful in your kimono!! it is gorgeous! i love how you are wearing your hair also!xo

  11. Oh seijinshiki! My niece is having seijinshiki this year...or next. I can't remember but I heard she has to make reservation of rental kimono way in advance in order to wear it! Your kimono picture is so beautiful, Miyako san! I like gorgeous kimonos with many colors, but I love simple ones. You are very elegant and seiso :-)

  12. What gorgeous kimonos!

  13. Hello Miyako,
    I hope you're feeling a bit better now. I think this is a wonderful ceremony, you kimono is absolutely beautiful. I do prefer the simpler ones. In the UK, 18 is the age people can legally drink and vote so people go mad for their birthdays. I think the ceremony is a much more appealing idea!

  14. Interesting post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  15. Apologize my dear Miyako,

    I have almost loosing this post. are feeling now hope much better. Kimono... wow so beautiful, I have never seen and touch kimono.Just only from the picture ;)but I adore them.
    interesting to know your culture, thanks for sharing this.
    wishing you a beautiful days