Celebration! 2019 Coming of Age Ceremony (Seijinshiki) in Big Palette【Koriyama City】

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February 2019 Style Koriyama coverage

【Featuring the Coming of Age Ceremony, Interview with New Adults】

Celebration! 2019 Coming of Age Ceremony (Seijinshiki) in Big Palette
Photo collection of new adults!!

Coming of Age Ceremony

Coming of Age Ceremony

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, Koriyama city’s Coming of Age Ceremony was held at Big Palette.
Wearing their best clothes, new adults were delighted to reunite with their classmates and were filled with youthfulness and possibilities!
Just before the ceremony, we interviewed them about their dreams.

What is your dream? What kind of adult do you want to be?

Coming of Age Ceremony

An adult who is nice to kids!!
Rena

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I want to be a person who contribute to the community!!
Narumi

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Girl it UP♡ & Geek it UP☆
Kaon & Shisopan

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☆Strong woman!!☆
Mai・chi♡

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We will be adults who can appreciate the others!
Saori, Marie

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Be happy!!
Hina♡, Ayana♡

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I want to live in a small house with plants♡
Hibiki, Yuu

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I am going to be an adult with great smile.  Mao
I want to be a person who is loved by everyone!!  Koharu

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Achieve my dream
Urara

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☆Lovely woman☆
Chigi, Megu

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Cute adults!!
Ruka, Yuuka, Yuzu

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Be happy!!
Erina, Yuu

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Good mother
Yui, Mika, Kame

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Get a girlfriend!  Tsumuraya Ryo
Live obediently  Nakazawa Ren

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I want to be an art director!
Miku ×2

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A nurse& a clinical engineer
S ♡ S

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HAPPY LIFE
Kazuki, Yoshito

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Corporate president
Karen

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A trimmer♡
Kanchan

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Travel around the world!
Rin

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I would like to be an adult who is attentive to others.
Mizuki

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Fun adults
Aki, Natsuho, Mirei

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Attractive women
Chika, Ami, Sarina

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Adults with a beautiful heart
Ran, Misato, China

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Beautiful women
Naruko, Momoko

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Proud adults
Yuzuho, Yuuka, Aoi, Honami, Ayano

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Woman who takes actions
Kasumi, Mari, Yuri

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Sanchu Soul
Rina, Riho, Natsumi, Ruri

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Olympics with everyone!!
Jyumonji, Tsukasa, Shun, Tora, Yuu

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Hope you all will be nice adults!!

Coming of Age Ceremony

What is Coming of Age Ceremony?

Coming of Age Ceremony is an event which is held by each local government to celebrate people who are turning 20 years old.
In most cases, it is held on the second Monday of January (Coming of Age Day).
Places like multipurpose hall or sport hall is chosen as ceremony’s venue. Men wear suits while many of women wear traditional clothes (Japanese kimono known as Furisode), therefore, on the Coming of Age Day, many people of about the same age are seen wearing traditional Kimono nationwide. The purpose of the ceremony for new adults is to realize that they are entering their adulthood as they are turning twenty, and as for the public, it is to celebrate and encourage them.

Origin

Rituals for celebrating the coming of age have a long history, and there have been various ways of calling and celebrating the coming of age depending on the time. For example, in the old days, the coming of age ceremony for boys was called Genpuku, and as for girls, it was called Mogi. The modern style of the ceremony is said to have its roots in “Youth Festival” which was held in Saitama in 1946, just after the war has ended. This festival is believed to have spread across Japan. Thereafter, January 15th was established as a national holiday to celebrate the coming of age, and the ceremony has been held on this day in most regions. (Since 2000, it has been moved to the second Monday of January by the revision of holiday law.)

About clothing

For both men and women to wear traditional Kimono (crested Hakama for men and Furisode for women) is, so to speak, a gorgeous dress-up. Since there is not much opportunity to wear traditional Kimono in daily life, the Coming of Age Ceremony is a memorable day for not only new adults but also their parents. It is popular to take commemorative photos in advance with costumes purchased or rented at the specialty shops. There are professional services available at salons for putting on a Kimono, which is difficult to do by oneself, along with hair make-up, so it is necessary to prepare in advance for selecting and reserving a salon.

 

 

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