Seijin no hi (Coming of Age Day) is a day when people who have turned 20 since the previous April 1 or will turn 20 by April 1 of the current year have the precious opportunity to get dressed up and then get drunk before noon and curse the mayor openly, or so the gossip shows (known as “wide shows”) like to play the story. I was busy yesterday and just caught these photos between appointments.
Ceremonies and speeches are held at community centers, often during the new Year’s holiday rather than on the official holiday on the second Monday in January (yesterday). It used to be on January 15, until it became one of the “Happy Monday” holidays. Seijin no hi began just after WWII, replacing an already discontinued shinto “rite of manhood” practice from centuries past, involving a samurai helmet for males and a life of servitude for females.