Every second Monday of January, Japan’s monotonous winter streets are suddenly thriving in color as 20 year old’s in their beautiful garments provide for a spectacular display of beauty. Coming of Age day celebrates their transition into adulthood and all the perks that go with it. It has been a tradition that dates back to 710 AD (although it was always celebrated on January 15 until 2000). Young ladies wear a colorful furisode, a kimono with long draped sleeves, and young men wear a hakama, a nice though not as stunning piece of clothing. I noticed that most men wore suits instea of hakamas but the ladies were all in furisodes and dressed to the nines.
The ceremony takes place in various prefectural offices but the real action begins after, when most of them flock the street and celebrate with their friends. Certainly brings warmth to an otherwise cold winter day.
It was a rainy day but I decided to head out to experience Coming of Age day in Fukuoka. I was rewarded by stunning colors and the site of lively new adults.