Taking place on the second Monday in January, Seijin No Hi is the Japanese ‘Coming of Age Day’. Twenty years is the age of adulthood in Japan, when young people are first legally permitted to drive, drink, smoke and gamble and Seijin No Hi is a day in celebration of those who turned twenty in the previous year. Special Seijin Shiki (Coming of Age Day Ceremonies) are held for twenty-year-olds in city offices around Japan. Those who have come of age visit a Shinto shrine with family and friends to seek blessings from Kami (spirits). Girls wear traditional Japanese dress in the form of kimono (a long, loose traditional Japanese robe with wide sleeves), obi (a broad sash worn round the waist of kimono), zori (a traditional flip-flop-style shoe) and a number of accessories. They get up early in the morning to have their hair and makeup done and their kimonos fitted. The outfits are often hired, as it can cost in excess of 1,000,000 Yen (around £6,800 in 2017) for the full ensemble!
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