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Seijinshiki – Coming of Age Ceremony

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on January 16, 2014

This year the Seijin no hi, the coming of age day took place on Monday the 13th. That Monday is always a public holiday dedicated to celebrating the young people turning 20 and thus “coming of age”. In the old days this ceremony was reserved to highest nobility, but gradually it filtered down through the social classes and for the last 40-50 years it has been more common than not to celebrate it even among ordinary people. Even then it is easy to see how much the economic situation has changed as you look at photos of the parents of the people coming of age this year. The dressing, accessories and hairstyles has really evolved even since the beginning of this century.

I took these photos at Tokyo’s largest shrine, the Meiji Jingu in Shibya Ward. It was a relatively warm sunny winter day, completely different from last year’s coming of age day, when an unexpected snow storm put a halt to most festivities in the city. The young women (and some men) that I saw at the shrine were all in high spirits and looked fantastic. It feels slightly unreal to be surrounded by dozens of these beauties!

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  1. Lilichan06 said, on January 16, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Lovely smiling ladies !
    Gorgeous kimonos
    And a wonderful sunny day … A perfect day :-D

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  2. Dina Farmer said, on January 16, 2014 at 6:49 am

    I have missed your shots of beautifies! Great job!!

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    • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 4:56 am

      Thank you Dina! I have more to come, just too hard to pick which ones to blog! (^-^)

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  3. amadl said, on January 16, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Ah, the future Looks bright for them, as bright as their smiLes you captured in the pictures.
    Great job as aLways, Tokyobling-san! :)

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  4. moushifj said, on January 17, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    All these girls look stunning ^^ I remember seeing a picture from last years snow storm, it was one girl dressed in a gorgeous kimono with snow all around her. I’m glad this year we can see more lovely young girls dressed in beautiful furisode ^^ I’m going to definitely have to go to Japan during this time as well as shigyoshiki, which happens just about a week or so before ^^

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    • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:04 am

      Thank you for the kind comment and for remembering something I posted over a year ago! (^-^)

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      • moushifj said, on January 29, 2014 at 11:07 pm

        Aaah! It was you who posted that wonderful picture! ^^ I’m so glad for their sakes it was a bit warmer ^^ Though I know Kimono can be quite toasty depending on what they’re made of, but even then, that coming of age day looked super cold! ^^

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  5. Shelli@howsitgoingeh? said, on January 22, 2014 at 5:05 am

    So happy + bright! I wonder when + how the trend of the fur stole came about???

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    • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:24 am

      I think it is very recent. Since they are all fake fur it must have been sometime after the introduction of cheap imitation fur. Kimono can get very cold around the neck area so I am sure the young women want something to keep them warm…!

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