Friday, January 13, 2006

Coming of Age day

In Japan, people of 20 and over are regarded as adults. When people become adults, they are celebrated and municipalities hold the ceremonies for them around the second Monday January, Coming of Age Day. I am 19 years old, but I am in the same grade in schools as 20-year-old people because Japanese law of schooling says that people who are born on 2 April to 1 April of next year are in the same grade. The year when people go to Coming of Age ceremonies depends on the grade, so the ceremony came to me as well as 20-year-olds on 9 this month. Women usually wear long-sleeved kimonos and men are suits or hakamas for the ceremonies. I also wore my mother’s kimono and went to the ceremony on that day. My mother said that a kimono made me feel uneasy and I was not able to eat anything. Therefore, I was ready for them, but they were actually not problems for me. There were only two small others. One was that I was not able to walk at the same speed as usual. The other was that I had stomachaches when I laughed. I felt comfortable in the kimono, so I did not take off it after I came home. However, my family asked me why I did not do that so many times. It was a little annoying…. I thought that I had liked kimonos and I want to wear them for my daily life in the future. I would go to school in the kimono next day of Coming of Age ceremony if I could. Now, I wonder whether I will wear it or a hakama for my graduation ceremony.


At 1:48 PM, Blogger Megumi Kakimoto said...

Hi, Yuka♪
Oh, you explained well about japanese society and the tradition of Comming of Age Day! YOu must be kind. Well done★
You look beautiful and your furisode is very cute >∀<
Yes, I like wearing kimono, but I'm really tired when I wear it, especially I have backache! lol.

See ya,
Megumi K :- )

At 12:02 AM, Blogger YukaMori said...

Hi Meg,

Thank you for your comment!

Really? I am glad to hear you say so. To explain it took me a lot of time.

I am looking forward to looking at the pictures of you wearing furisode :)


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