Happy Coming of Age Day!

成人の日 (Seijin Shiki no Hi) is the annual event celebrating teens who turn 20 years old and thus, Come of Age. 20 is the legal age for drinking, smoking and voting. Younguns get all dolled up, the lasses in 着物と振袖 (kimono with furisode = traditional silk gowns with long flowing sleeves) and the lads in 着物と袴 (dark kimono with hakama) or suits and gather for a ceremony, whereupon they are lectured on the responsibilities of Adulthood. They then go out and get pissed and cause all manner of havoc.

Tonight I'm going to a formal dance with lots of people dressed up in kimono but since I don't own one, I'll just wear a suit. Details to follow...

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