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The start of adulthood: Japan's youth celebrates Coming of Age

January 14, 17:30 UTC+3

Coming of Age Day is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January

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Kimono-clad 20-year-old Japanese women pose for selfies following a ceremony to celebrate Coming-of-Age Day at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo
Kimono-clad 20-year-old Japanese women pose for selfies following a ceremony to celebrate Coming-of-Age Day at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo
Kimono-clad 20-year-old Japanese women pose for selfies following a ceremony to celebrate Coming-of-Age Day at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo
© EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
Japanese women and men who became 20 years old celebrate the Coming-of-Age Day as they are recognized as adults in Japanese society and law after the age of 20
Japanese women and men who became 20 years old celebrate the Coming-of-Age Day as they are recognized as adults in Japanese society and law after the age of 20
Japanese women and men who became 20 years old celebrate the Coming-of-Age Day as they are recognized as adults in Japanese society and law after the age of 20
© AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
Coming of Age Day is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January
Coming of Age Day is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January
Coming of Age Day is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January
© AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
Festivities include coming of age ceremonies held at local and prefectural offices and parties among family and friends
Festivities include coming of age ceremonies held at local and prefectural offices and parties among family and friends
Festivities include coming of age ceremonies held at local and prefectural offices and parties among family and friends
© AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
To mark the occasion, women traditionally wear furisode kimono
To mark the occasion, women traditionally wear furisode kimono
To mark the occasion, women traditionally wear furisode kimono
© EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
The holiday was first established in 1948
The holiday was first established in 1948
The holiday was first established in 1948
© EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
Coming-of-Age Day celebration in Tokyo
Coming-of-Age Day celebration in Tokyo
Coming-of-Age Day celebration in Tokyo
© EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
Kimono-clad 20-year-old Japanese women pose for a group photograph in Tokyo
Kimono-clad 20-year-old Japanese women pose for a group photograph in Tokyo
Kimono-clad 20-year-old Japanese women pose for a group photograph in Tokyo
© AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
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Kimono-clad 20-year-old Japanese women pose for selfies following a ceremony to celebrate Coming-of-Age Day at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo
© EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
Japanese women and men who became 20 years old celebrate the Coming-of-Age Day as they are recognized as adults in Japanese society and law after the age of 20
© AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
Coming of Age Day is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January
© AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
Festivities include coming of age ceremonies held at local and prefectural offices and parties among family and friends
© AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
To mark the occasion, women traditionally wear furisode kimono
© EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
The holiday was first established in 1948
© EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
Coming-of-Age Day celebration in Tokyo
© EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
Kimono-clad 20-year-old Japanese women pose for a group photograph in Tokyo
© AP Photo/Koji Sasahara

Coming of Age Day is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. Japanese men and women who turn 20 years old celebrate the Coming-of-Age Day as they are recognized as adults by Japanese society and law after the age of 20. Festivities include ceremonies held at local and prefectural offices and parties among family and friends. See the images.

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