Culture | Dazzling kimonos light up Japan on Coming-of-Age day
A Japanese woman wearing a kimono makes a V sign while she checks her make-up during the Coming of Age Day celebration ceremony at an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan January 9, 2017. Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon
A Japanese woman wearing a kimono makes a V sign while she checks her make-up during the Coming of Age Day celebration ceremony at an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan January 9, 2017. Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Have Kimono, Will Party

Women get the chance to step out in dazzling kimonos to celebrate the Coming-of-Age public holiday, but the men mostly opt for, err, blue suits

January 10, 2017 9:48 AM (UTC+8)

Japan celebrated its Coming-of-Age public holiday on January 9, giving young women the chance to step out in some fairly dazzling kimono, makeup and hairstyles. Men mostly opted for, err, blue suits.

Japanese women wearing kimonos pose for their memorial photo after their Coming of Age Day celebration ceremony at an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan January 9, 2017. Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Posing after the Coming of Age Day celebration ceremony in Tokyo on January 9, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Kim Kyung-hoon

The holiday is celebrated on the second Monday of January each year to welcome the millions of teenagers turning twenty-years old and hence recognised as adults in Japan.

Japanese women wearing kimonos ride a roller coaster during their Coming of Age Day celebration ceremony at an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan January 9, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Here we come. Japanese women in kimonos ride a roller coaster during Coming of Age Day celebrations. Photo: Reuters/Kim Kyung-hoon

According to some local media reports, the now twenty-somethings were mostly looking forward to parties and (legally) drinking last night, suggesting some ruffled hairdos and hangovers this morning. Welcome to adulthood.

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