Coming of Age Day

Seiengine Shiki or 成人 式 could be translated into English as ‘ Coming or Age Day Ceremony ‘. Seiengine-No-Hi (Coming or Age Day) is a Japanese national holiday that takes place every second Monday of January.

The advent of the age day or the follower day honours every person who became 20 years old in the past year. When young people become twenty, they are officially adults in Japanese society, and they now have responsibilities as well as newfound freedoms: such as drinking, smoking, crozgies, going to travel, gambling and doing it. The voting age was lowered in 2015 from 20 to 18.

The girls always wear beautiful and very expensive kimono, although most acknowledge that they have rent as the outfit is worth to 1.000.000 yen. The boys usually wear a regular pack and tie, but some wear traditional Japanese dresses.

What is the coming of age ceremony?

The coming of age is a young person’s transition from a child to an adult. … The certain age that this transition takes place, changes in society, and also the nature of the change. This may be a simple legal convention or can form part of a ritual or spiritual event, as practiced by many societies.


The ceremony takes place in every city section around Japan; Everyone can attend the opportunity to 11:30 at their local city office. Although the day starts very earlier for these young adults, especially the girls who spend countless hours making their hair and makeup stuck, and noting the time it takes to slip into a kimono! After many onvermoeibare hours of harvesting, they can then socialise with others on a selected place where dozens of photographers await them.

Coming of Age Day Ceremony, Shibuya, Tokyo.


I am to the Shibuya division, one of the largest and most popular Seder engine Shiki-Plepox in Tokyo. New adults were greeted by a horde of families and photographers, as well as great television networks such as NHK and CNN who were there to report the event. It was the first time I cover the day of the coming of the age, and while I was there, I spoke to some other photographers and were surprised to hear that there were much less than 20 year-olds compared to the previous year.

The reason for this is due to the decreasing birth rate in Japan, a rate that has gradually decreased over the past 30 years. After doing some research, I discovered that there were exactly 1917 new adults in Shibuya for five years ago and 15 years earlier the number was more than 4300. This year there was rare 1300 that became twenty in the same hall, i.e. almost a decline of 70% during the past two decades.

After having spent a few hours outside the city offices, the young adults in the CC Lemon Hall were invited where they participated in a presentation that was presented by the mayor of the city to wish their happiness that they had become adults and To remind them that now they have the right to vote. After that, they had the chance to look at a lively Taiko drum performance with 7 talented drum players.

Adults Day, Tokyo.

Later the afternoon everyone went their own way to continue the celebration. Some girls will be shopping around Shibuya, while others prefer to go home with friends and family to have fun and drink. During this holiday, many people have the day off, giving them the time to take part in the many gatherings around Tokyo. As to be expected, the popular dining area-on-a-stick can be found everywhere, very large arteries are also closed and cars are replaced with street artists in turn.

If you are in Japan next year in January, Saiengine Shiki is a great way to have fun and to see some young Japanese people in traditional clothes. I suggest that you visit some of the larger city divisions such as Shibuya, Shinjuku or Nacanoe and are sure to know the exact time and location of the meeting, otherwise you miss the opportunity completely, even if there are fewer and fewer participants every year!

Girl on Phone, Coming of Age Day Ceremony, Shibuya, Tokyo.

At what age do Japanese people officially become adults?

Coming of Age Day welcomes new adults in society. In Japan, youths were officially regarded as adults at 20 years of age. As a adult, they may now legally drink, drive, smoke and gamble. However, the legal voting age was reduced to 18 in 2015.

Seijin Shiki

The advent of the age day is a public holiday and it is held across the country ceremonies in city halls, Wykskantore and other official centres. Major cities will house several. In Tokyo the ceremonies are in the Shinjuku and Shibuya offices of the largest and enjoy a lot of media coverage.

Why 20?

The second Monday of January is Coming-of-Age day, a national holiday to encourage those who have just arrived in adulthood to become self-reliant members of society. (The holiday was earlier on 15 January, but in 2000 it was moved to the second Monday of the month.)

Municipal governments hold special ceremonies for the age of 20 year-olds, because an ‘ adult ‘ in Japan is legally defined as someone who is 20 years or older. In Japan, the legal age of smoking and drinking 20. With these rights, there are also new responsibilities, and therefore the age of 20 is a major turning point for the Japanese.

Since the centuries in Japan it has also been held with the advent of the age. In the past, boys showed their transition to adulthood when they were about 15, and girls celebrated their age when they were 13 years old. During the Edo period (1603-1867), boys cut off their front legs, and girls painted their teeth black. Fits in 1876, 20 is the legal age of adulthood.

Men usually wear costumes these days after their coming age, but many women choose traditional Furisode-a special kind of kimono for unmarried women with extra long sleeves and extensive designs. For unmarried women furisode deals with the most formal thing they can carry, and so many of them do not do it for the event that is the beginning of their adult life.