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is an annual
event, which is dedicated to the nation's young people who attain legal
those who will reach the age of 20 during the current school year.
New adults are
new rights and responsibilities, such as smoking, drinking, voting,
marrying without parent's permission, and paying for the National
Pension Fund, and
generally wreak even more havoc than before.
young adults are invited to the ceremony held on the second Monday in
January at local city offices. Government officials give speeches, and
small presents are handed out.
However, the new adults often interrupt the ceremonies. They talk on
mobile phones and sometimes set off fireworks during the speeches. Festivities
include shrine visits, and parties amongst family and friends.
young women celebrate this day by wearing furisodethe most formal kimono
for unmarried women with extra-long sleeves and elaborate designs.
It is worn
with a traditional hairstyle and beautiful hair ornaments.
Brightly colored kimonos with auspicous Japanese designs like cherry or
plum blossoms, butterflies, maple leaves and rivers, can cost thousands
of dollars. A full set of formal clothing is expensive, so it is usually
either inherited or rented rather than being bought specially for the
men sometimes also wear traditional dress, most men now wear western
style suits instead. Some men wear a formal black kimono with five mon (family crests), hakama, and haori (samurai style