Coming of Age Day on January 10th in Japan

The second Monday is January is a national holiday known as Coming of Age Day. It call “成人の日” (せいじんのひ,seijin no hi)

The age of becoming an adult in Japan is 20, and once you become at adult, you can drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes.

In addition, on the second Monday in January, each area in Japan will welcome the new adults with a coming of age ceremony.

The girls wear a kimono known as “振袖(ふりそで,furisode)” for their coming of age ceremony.

On the day of the coming of age ceremony, you can see many girls wearing gorgeous furisode around the town.

When you meet them, please say “おめでとうございます(omedeto gozaimasu)”. (It means congratulations)
They would say ”ありがとうございます(arigato gozaimasu)” to you. (It means thank you).

Enjoy Japanese culture!!

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