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Rhythm-A-Day Blog for January 13, 2020: Coming of Age Day, Japan

Posted by Wolf Murphy on


Seijin-no-hi (Shinto, Japan)

Coming of Age Day is held in order to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached the age of majority over the previous year. It was declared a national holiday in 1948 "to realise the passage from youth to adulthood, and to celebrate and encourage young people embarking on their adult lives." Festivities include seijin-shiki (coming of age ceremonies) held at local and prefectural governmental offices, and are frequently followed by parties among family and friends, or going out drinking.

Many women choose to celebrate by wearing a formal kimono and sandals, and some men also choose traditional formal wear (a dark kimono with hakama trousers) while others opt for Western clothing (a formal sauit and tie). Older Coming of Age ceremonies in Japan (like Genpuku) involved adopting a new adult name, clothing and hairstyles. This rhythm phrase is an excerpt of a longer phrase from Sansa Daiko, a popular festival rhythm in Japan.

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