Monday, January 11, 2010
Today is seijin no hi, or Coming of Age Day, in Japan. Young men and women who become 20 years old this year celebrate the day by dressing in Kimonos (mostly the young women), visiting shrines, etc. Local city offices throughout the country also hold special ceremonies to mark the occasion. The City of Yokohama holds a big ceremony for those officially reaching adulthood this year at the Yokohama Arena, a sprawling sports and performing arts complex. In recent years some of the ceremonies have been marred by outbursts from drunken celebrants representing the rougher side of a society that is often viewed as typically quiet and orderly.