One of the main opportunities to wear Kimono 〜Coming of age ceremony in Japan〜

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In Japan, over 20 years old is recognized as an adult.

After tuning 20-year-old, people will be allowed taking alcohol, smoking cigarette and voting. At the same time, they will be imposed a legal obligation to pay their any kinds of taxes.

There is a day they cerebrate becoming an adult all over Japan called “coming of age ceremony”. This is annually held on second Sunday of January.


<Coming of age day deserves a national holiday in Japan>

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Even though all of 20-year-old Japanese are not duty-bound to participate in the coming of age ceremony, a majority of them still join basically.

Especially for women, this day is one of memorable opportunities to wear Kimono. The cities are brightly decollated with Kimonos they are dressed. Also because the day of coming of age ceremony is a national holiday, all of the cities in Japan will be in a celebratory mood on that day.

When it comes to men, they occasionally wear a male kimono known as a hakama but more often prefer to wear western suits.

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Recently, Japanese women tend to much focus on taking pictures of them with kimono prior to the ceremony as “pre-photoshoots” because even not on the day of the ceremony, they could create a memory of a lifetime with kimonos whenever they want. They can arrange the perfect time to take exclusive pictures according to their plans.

Traditionally, wearing kimono at a coming of age ceremony means to a pure start in your life as an adult. It also symbolizes getting rid of the unhappiness and attracting the great.




<The craziest day for the beauty salons>

On the day of the ceremony, many beauty salons will face off one of the busiest day of the year. Because female participants should be dressed kimono and got a appropriate hair set by professional by morning, a large number of beauty salons open before dawn. Unfortunately, the ceremonies usually start from the morning, so they will be forced to follow a crazy schedule.

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What is surprising is that some participants try to make a reservation a few years before the day of a ceremony for getting a priority to be dressed up… otherwise salons will be totally full in a twinkle. It commonly happens everywhere in Japan. And the beauty salons usually accept the circumstances.


Declining Participation

The percentage of youths who choose to take part in Coming of Age ceremonies has been decreased for the past 20 years. People try to consider the reasons of this situation in various ways. The high cost of renting or buying a kimono could be one of the guessable reasons. Although situations depend on people, it’s common for things around Kimono to cost about 1 million yen (around $10000/ £7500).

Kimonos are always special, privileged for the people.