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成人の日 - The second Monday of January is a National holiday known as “Seijin no Hi” or “Coming of Age Day” in Japan. It falls on the 14th this year.

成人式 (Seijin-shiki or the coming of age ceremony) will be held in each region to celebrate the transition into adulthood of those who turned 20 over the past year.

What it means to be an adult? - Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes are permitted from this age. You become a full citizen and are given the right to vote, and you also have new responsibilities as an adult, such as having to enroll in a pension plan and other duties. (Correction: the age to be given the right to vote changed to 18 from 2016)

On the seijin no hi, many people who have become adults wear kimono, suits or hakama (pleated trousers worn over kimono) and attend a ceremony in their local area.

What is your tradition to celebrate the transition into adulthood?
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